Villa Kokkonen, artist´s home & atelier designed by Alvar Aalto
Unique masterpiece is a year-round attraction
Year 2018 marks the 120th birthday of architect Alvar Aalto. He designed Villa Kokkonen on the shore of a lake in Southern Finland. This unique house surrounded by a unique site has almost a perfect location. Only 45 minutes by car, only one hour by public transportation from Helsinki.
Villa Kokkonen is open to the public round the year by arranging guided tours and concerts.
Guided tours (11 € / person) are of two kinds: ►Guided tours by appointment and ►Regular guided tours. The latter can be attended by individual visitors and groups without appointment, whereas the former require an appointment.
Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen is hosted 24/7, and guided by pianist Elina Viitaila and opera singer Antti A. Pesonen.
They are also the very persons who since 2009 manage and take care, on daily basis, of Villa Kokkonen´s rich heritage revolving around Finnish architecture, design, nature and music. Elina´s and Antti´s on-site discussions and their astonishing music performance and hospitality offer visitors a unique possibility to see, listen to and enjoy the history and architecture of a house which Alvar Aalto so passionately designed to be Home for Music.
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Villa Kokkonen´s Public Calendar
In April 2015 we launched Villa Kokkonen´s public calendar. The Finnish-English timetable shows appointments, regular guided tours, concerts, and private functions, that is to say, every event we arrange at Villa Kokkonen throughout the year. The bigger version of the calendar opens up by clicking the following link: ►Villa Kokkonen´s Public Calendar
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Traveller´s dream! Artists´ homes - Villa Kokkonen and Ainola - on the shores of Lake Tuusula. It takes only 8 minutes by car from house to house. In the gorgeous acoustics of Villa Kokkonen, what a treat it is to hear a unique version of Sibelius´s Finlandia which was inspired by Villa Kokkonen´s grand piano. This arrangement is performed by Villa Kokkonen´s hosts, Mrs. Elina Viitaila and Mr. Antti A. Pesonen:
"We are every day dedicated, determined and privileged to cherish and maintain the unique Finnish legacy of visual arts and music"
Creating a perfect composition of visual arts and music, Villa Kokkonen is a true Home for Music. Tunes to be played and sung are nurtured there by the original materials Aalto used in his interior design: Oregon pine cladding and a huge, white canvas.
Mrs. Elina Viitaila is a Master of Music. Mr. Antti A. Pesonen is a Master of Social Sciences. They are also professional, real artists living and working at Villa Kokkonen day and night. "The blending of talent in this beautiful house is remarkable!", one visitor commented.
Lived and managed 24/7 by pianist Elina Viitaila and opera singer Antti A. Pesonen. Tours arranged, hosted and performed by Elina and Antti follow a route outside and inside the building. Because Aalto designed this house for music, one highlight of every tour is Elina´s and Antti´s musical performance in the gorgeous acoustics ot the atelier.