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Paimio Sanatorium

The Alvar Aalto designed Paimio Sanatorium in Western Finland photographed by Tuomas Uusheimo

Paimio Sanatorium

This series was awarded the 2nd Prize in the
Sony World Photography Awards 2019 in the professional architecture category.

The fate of one of the world’s greatest Functionalist masterpieces , Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium (1933) is at stake. The owner of the property has decided to sell it in the next six months. The Alvar Aalto foundation has launched a an appeal to preserve Alvar and Aino Aalto’s key work intact and protect this example of “healing Modernism.”

Paimio Sanatorium is a former tuberculosis sanatorium in South West Finland. It represents the “modernist” period of Aalto's career, and followed many of the tenets of Le Corbusier's pioneering ideas for modernist architecture. The building is widely regarded as one of Aalto’s most important designs and has been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.

I want my photographs to show how buildings carry their past with them. While I am fascinated by natural and human-inflicted change that occurs as time passes, I also feel responsible for making a contribution to raise awareness of such unique architecture.

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 Paimion Parantola / Paimio Sanatorium
Alvar Aalto, 1932


 Paimion Parantola / Paimio Sanatorium
Alvar Aalto, 1932


 Paimion Parantola / Paimio Sanatorium
Alvar Aalto, 1932


 Paimion Parantola / Paimio Sanatorium
Alvar Aalto, 1932


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 Paimion Parantola / Paimio Sanatorium
Alvar Aalto, 1932