Admittedly, by living in Finland, Alvar Aalto is one of the names that we hear media and people mentioned to most. The multi-talented architect and designer, as well as a sculptor and painter. Who brought Finnish architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware design into international existence. Whether you are into architecture, design, life or style, Aalto House is definitely worth a visit while in Helsinki.
This house which was designed and served both as a family home and an office for world-renowned architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) and his first wife Aino, who as well was an architect. Aalto House, located in Munkkiniemi area of Helsinki, is such a well-kept secret that not even many locals know about it.
What you get from visiting the house depends on what you are after. It showcases the early design ideas and ideals of Aalto, lets you inside a Nordic home of mid 20th century, and embraces you with its cosy and intimate athmosphere. It is a great example of bringing private and professional life together without totally merging them.
Aalto House (Riihtie 20, 00330 Helsinki) can be easily reached with a tram number 4 ride from Helsinki city centre. After visiting the house it is well worth to make a short walk to the seaside of Munkkiniemi and sit down and breath at the terrace of Café Torpanranta.