alvar aalto’s sanatorium

located in the hills of finland, alvar aalto’s iconic tuberculosis sanatorium in paimio was selected as the winning entry of a 1929 architecture competition. the space provides easy access to generous sunlight and fresh air, remedies for TB that were thought to kill germs and sterilize health care facilities. much of the furniture in the interior was purpose designed by aalto and his wife themselves, with chairs that attempt to sit patients at the most comfortable angle for their sensitive lungs. according to wikipedia, aalto liked to refer to the building as a “medical instrument.” it served exclusively as a sanatorium until the early 1960s, when it was converted into a general hospital which is currently part of the university of turku.


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