The sanatorium of Paimio, a masterpiece in danger

Posted October 23, 2018 at 3:17 p.m.- Updated October 23, 2018 at 3:17 p.m.

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Designed by architect and designer Alvar Aalto in the 1930s, the building, which is located in Finland, has just been put up for sale, a move that is causing concern.

In a room in the Paimio sanatorium there is an old photo hanging on the wall, taken in the 1930s, right after the building was built, but it was black and white of the shot, a little faded, nothing n ' The lines of this once-futuristic concrete-and-glass vessel have changed - or so little - are still relevant today, as if time refused to do its job.

The whole is almost ninety years old, but it has not aged a bit, perfectly maintained, despite the harsh Finnish winters.At the end of September, the weather is magnificent and the place is disturbed, from time to time, only by the small clusters of visitors who come to admire this treasure of modernist architecture.The visit is deserved, for these esthetes: Paimio is 145 kilometers from Helsinki, at the end of a small road that crosses fields and pine forests, where small wooden huts nestle.

When construction began on the sanatorium in 1929, Alvar Aalto had just turned 31, the architect and designer was not yet a world star, and had not become some sort of Le Nordic Corbusier, equally at home in the creation of buildings as in furniture, but this project made him enter the big world, at the same time as in international architectural journals.

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