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Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen
Masterpiece, historic home and architectural sight
Year 2018 marks the 120th birthday of architect Alvar Aalto. In the age of 69 he designed Villa Kokkonen, a private house which belongs to the category of his masterpieces along with Aalto House, Studio Aalto and Villa Mairea.
Throughout the year: Artistic guided tours, concerts and daily maintenance
Elina and Antti arrange artistic guided tours for individual visitors and groups at Villa Kokkonen. In addition to that, they take care, on daily basis, of Villa Kokkonen´s heritage revolving around Finnish architecture and classical music.
Their biggest passion has been to create Villa Kokkonen a place which attracts visitors by means of world-class music, world-renowned architecture and, especially, a unique combination of them both. And yet, It´s like coming to their home when you visit Villa Kokkonen.
Villa Kokkonen´s Public Calendar in Finnish and English
Public timetable includes every event taking place at Villa Kokkonen: guided tours by appointment, 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:
Across our European mainland are hundreds of superb works of modernist architecture, from the hidden and private, to the big and public. Not all of it is understood, some is hated. Slowly attitudes are changing, and most of us now appreciate postwar buildings. Presented by John Escolme, Encounter, the architectural history radio series, explores the work of the architects responsible for these buildings, giving them a voice to talk about what they created and why.
Encounter is broadcast across London on 104.4 FM on arts station 'Resonance' and online.
The artist colony of Järvenpää sits in idyllic surroundings on the shores of Lake Tuusula, and amongst the birch trees can be found Villa Kokkonen by architect Alvar Aalto. From the 'characteristic curve' of the entrance canopy, a feature that pleased Aalto greatly, to the glorious double height music room, the house can now be visited for tours. Antti and Elina are your musician hosts who live in the house.
Sunday 18th June 12h30, Wednesday 21st June 15h30
'UK Time' (UTC+1)
Resonance 104.4FM London
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The programmes can be heard again after each broadcast at
Alvar Aalto´s masterpiece, historic home and architectural sight
Located on the shore of Lake Tuusula, Villa Kokkonen is 24/7 lived, managed and hosted by Mrs. Elina Viitaila and Mr. Antti A. Pesonen. Elina is pianist and Master of Music graduated at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Antti is opera singer and Master of Social Sciences graduated at the University of Tampere.
Having hired Villa Kokkonen Elina and Antti have been the entrepreneur of Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen since 1 June 2009. They are every day dedicated, determined and privileged to cherish and maintain the unique Finnish legacy of visual arts and music.
Travel destination created by two professional artists
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.
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.
Bird´s-eye view to Alvar Aalto´s architecture
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 eight years.
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!