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Guided tours including mini concert
The Coronavirus Pandemic
We have closed our doors until 13 May 2020. The public calendar (see below) shows every cancelled event in Finnish and English.
Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen and we in a nutshell
Villa Kokkonen is Alvar Aalto´s masterpiece, a historic artist residence, an Iconic House, architectural sight and a concert venue near Helsinki. Located on the shore of Lake Tuusula, it is 24/7 lived, managed, hosted and guided by two professional performing artists, Mrs. Elina Viitaila and Mr. Antti A. Pesonen.
- Elina is pianist and Master of Music graduated at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
- Antti is a classical singer and Master of Social Sciences graduated at the University of Tampere
Having rented Villa Kokkonen from The City of Järvenpää, Elina and Antti have been the entrepreneur of Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen since 1 June 2009. Also the valuable original grand piano which was given to Mr. Joonas Kokkonen by The Finnish Academy has been maintained solely by Elina and Antti for the last decade. That´s why Elina is the only pianist who has played Villa Kokkonen´s grand piano during these years.
How and when to visit Villa Kokkonen?
You have arrived in Finland and might be wondering how an earth it is possible to visit a place like Villa Kokkonen which tells you "We are open by reservation". Usually the first reaction is: "Gosh, why don´t they just have opening hours like museums normally do?"
However, we think better reaction might be: "Tell me please how can I make my reservation to visit your house?" In what follows, we are happy to show you how easy it is to make a reservation for you or your group round the year.
Our program "In the footsteps of Alvar Aalto and Jean Sibelius" is a unique combination of building art and the art of classical music. During a 30 minute walking guided tour, if the weather allows, visitors may take exterior photos of garden, Lake Tuusula and buildings designed by Alvar Aalto.
Villa Kokkonen´s atelier is actually a 70 square meter concert hall with great acoustics. That´s why our mini concert will be given at the the end of each 45 minute tour.
Photos inside the building we call souvenir photos, they are possible only with our permission because Villa Kokkonen is a private space we manage.
Villa Kokkonen is open by reservation seven days a week, we also arrange tours which you can join without any reservation
It is so simple. To make your reservation all you have to do is to send us an email mentioning when you or your group would like to visit Villa Kokkonen. Then we send our reply to you within 24 hours. Either making your original wish come true or suggesting you another time. We can keep Villa Kokkonen open by reservation 7 days a week round the year, because we are the residents of the house.
Public Calendar in Finnish and English
Our public calendar includes every event taking place at Villa Kokkonen: guided tours by reservation, guided tours which are open to the public as well as concerts and private functions. A bigger version of the calendar opens up by clicking the following link:
Welcome to visit Alvar Aalto´s masterpiece
A 69-year-old architect Alvar Aalto designed Villa Kokkonen, a historic home which belongs to the category of his masterpieces along with Aalto House, Studio Aalto and Villa Mairea.
Villa Kokkonen is a travel destination created by two professional artists
Elina and Antti arrange artistic guided tours for individual visitors and groups. In addition to that, they take care, on daily basis, of Villa Kokkonen´s unique heritage revolving around Finnish architecture and classical music.
Elina´s and Antti´s biggest passion has been to make Villa Kokkonen into a place which attracts visitors by means of world-class music, world-renowned architecture and, especially, a unique combination of them both.
Because Alvar Aalto designed Villa Kokkonen for music, one highlight of every tour is Elina´s and Antti´s musical performance in the gorgeous acoustics of the atelier.
Visitors are allowed to take exterior photos. That´s why every guided tour follows a beautiful, impressive route in the courtyard and backyard. Elina and Antti have taken care of Villa Kokkonen´s garden for the last ten years.
On top of the hill in a unique setting of almost 10 000 square meters, Villa Kokkonen looks over the lake having a perfect location also in another sense: Only 45 minutes by car or by public transportation from Helsinki.
Bird´s-eye view to Alvar Aalto´s architecture
Mrs. Elina Viitaila is a Master of Music. Mr. Antti A. Pesonen is a Master of Social Sciences. They are also: professional musicians in the field of classical music, real artists living and working at Villa Kokkonen day and night. "The blending of talent in this beautiful house is remarkable!", one visitor commented.
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Creating a perfect composition of visual arts and music Villa Kokkonen is a true Home for Music. Just think what a treat it is to hear a unique version of Sibelius´s Finlandia, performed by Elina and Antti, as a climax of every artistic guided tour. Experience unforgettable!