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​Alvar Aalto's Home and Studio

Built for his family as a studio-home in the district of Munkkiniemi, this house from 1936 is in its original shape. The house has working areas, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen. The living room is dominated by a selection of iconic Aalto furniture: a zebra-patterned Tank chair, the Beehive ceiling lamp and the Savoy vase. These classics are still in production. In addition, there are unique sculptures and oil paintings by Aalto himself. A graphic work by Le Corbusier - a personal gift - hangs in the living room, and the dining room is graced with a miniature sculpture twisted from metal thread by Alexander Calder - portraying Aalto.

The architect's studio in the house premises was where the Savoy vase was born in 1936. The studio was running until 1955, when the new studio building was finished just a few blocks away. The architectural office needed more space due to a booming business.

Both the home on Riihitie and the studio on Tiilimäki can be visited year-round, but only on guided tours. Check the website for the tour schedules and other details.

The Aalto House
Riihitie 20, Munkkiniemi

The Aalto House
Studio Aalto


alvaraalto.fi Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum