Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Paimo Hospital - FINLAND - UNESCO TENTATIVE
The Paimo Sanatorium (renamed in 1971 as Paimo Hospital), is considered a masterpiece of Early Modern architecture. The functional shapes and structural solutions of this building have inspired and influenced generations of architects all over the world and still annually attract thousands of Aalto enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. It's on the tentative list to become a UNESCO WHS. Thank you very much Niina for introducing me this building (I confess I didn't knew it). This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
Paimio Sanatorium was built in 1930-1933 on the basis of architect Alvar Aalto's winning entry in an architecture competition (1928-1929). The site of the building was a sandy terrain in the middle of a pine forest, and was considered a healthy location. The main building was placed on the highest point of the area, and oriented in a north-south direction. All buildings are white-rendered, forming an impressive contrast to the dark green fir trees of the forest landscape.