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April 23: Southern Finland tour – Paimio Sanatorium 1

Our first stop was the Paimio Sanatorium, one of Aalto's early and quite well-known projects; it was a tuberculosis sanatorium, sited purposely out in the wilderness, and it was completed in 1932.

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Toward the front entrance, the spreading wings in view to each side.

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The cafeteria/library wing.

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Whimsical canopy is whimsical.

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Lots of curves.

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A waiting area in front.

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The generous stairwell, with its cheerful hues.

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Inside view of the front canopy.

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I think the lights were designed as such for ease of cleaning.

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Window space.

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A view down into the cafeteria from the library.

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A scale model of the whole sanatorium that resides in the library.

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Wider view of the library.

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Vintage medical equipment, now possibly more suitable for a horror film.

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Also suitable for a horror film: this corridor.

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A balcony at the top of the building for patients to get fresh air.

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View toward the other end of the balcony.

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The grounds to the south of the building.

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Extruded section.