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Villa Mairea
A free hand
Cell by cell to form a complete entity
A Modern Manor House
Other Private residences


The exhibition produced by the Alvar Aalto Museum © 2008-2009


Seventy years have passed since the Villa Mairea was completed. During that time the building has become famous throughout the world, particularly in schools of architecture, and it is especially popular as a subject for model-making.

This online exhibition of the building is an important addition to the Alvar Aalto Museum’s series of exhibitions on architecture to be found on the Internet. There are already two exhibitions on the Internet, one on Paimio Sanatorium, published in 2003, and one on Säynätsalo Town Hall, produced by the Säynätsalo office of the City of Jyväskylä in 2007.

The idea behind these online exhibitions is to provide researchers and the general public with information about Alvar Aalto’s more important buildings.


The text was written and the pictures were chosen by Teija Isohauta.
The text is based on sources in the Alvar Aalto Museum archives.
Proof reading by Maiju Westman.
Graphic design and implementation by Päivi Hintsanen.
English translation by Nicholas Mayow.


Drawings (all)
Alvar Aalto Museum Archives

Other image and copyright information are mentioned below each enlargened picture.

ISBN 978-952-5371-48-2


Instructions for use


Beside the Info link is a navigation tool bar made up of smaller bars. These show the number of pages in the exhibition. The lighter coloured bars are the main headings and the darker bars are the pages that come under these headings. When you go to a particular page, a smaller bar will appear under the one you clicked to show whereabouts you are in the exhibition. You can go anywhere by clicking the navigation tool bars.

There are also page numbers on the top right-hand corner of the text field (above the picture), where you can click to go backwards or forwards.


If you want to examine a small picture in greater detail, you can click the picture to enlarge it. You can close an enlarged picture by clicking on the ‘close’ button. Many browsers will close the picture if you click anywhere outside the picture.