Founders – Establishment of a Foundation for the Conservation of the Paimio Sanatorium Designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto

We advised the Hospital District of Southwest Finland and other founders in a pro bono assignment to establish a foundation dedicated to the development and conservation of the Paimio Sanatorium designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto.

The foundation will conserve the internationally renowned architecture and significant cultural capital of the properties of the tuberculosis sanatorium. The task of the foundation is to preserve the complex formed by the buildings and furnishings.

‘Castrén & Snellman’s wide expertise and excellent service were of great help to us throughout the project from start to finish. In the course of establishing the foundation, we came across issues that we had not fully anticipated, but with Castrén & Snellman’s experts we were able to find feasible solutions‘, said Heikki Aalto-Alanen, member of the board of directors of the foundation.

‘We truly appreciate that they chose to support us pro bono and make their expertise available to this project. The conservation of the Paimio Sanatorium is a project of exceptional importance even on an international scale ’, Aalto-Alanen continues.

Plans are for the sanatorium to host, amongst other things, a variety of cultural events in the future.

The foundation was established by the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, the State of Finland, the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the cities of Paimio and Turku. The former owner of the sanatorium, the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, transferred the sanatorium properties, including all buildings and furnishings, to the foundation.

The establishment of the foundation is the result of an inquiry into the future of Paimio Sanatorium launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of the Environment in 2019.