Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen

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Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen

Alvar Aalto´s Villa Kokkonen
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Villa Kokkonen is a historic building designed by world-famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in 1967. The house is situated on top of the hill sloping down towards Lake Tuusula which is one of the most well-known areas in the cultural history of Finland. To have almost 10 000 square meters in the site really gives our visitors a marvelous possibility to study, reflect and/or just purely enjoy Alvar Aalto's architecture from every possible angle, from near and far. During our guided walking tours we allow our visitors to take exterior photos of the house and photos of the garden to serve their private, professional or commercial interests. Alvar Aalto's masterpieces include private houses such as Villa Mairea (Noormarkku), Aalto House (Helsinki) and Villa Kokkonen. Designed originally for music, Villa Kokkonen has been a wonderful architectural and cultural attraction since June 2009. Pianist Elina Viitaila and opera singer Antti A. Pesonen keep on working day and night as Villa Kokkonen's hosts, guides, artists and entrepreneurs. They were chosen as The Cultural Persons of the Year 2014 in the City of Järvenpää. Alvar Aalto's Villa Kokkonen is open for individual visitors and groups by reservation throughout the year. In addition to that, the attraction arranges - especially in June,July and August 2016 - several regular guided tours which are open to the public.
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Special_SKay
Heidelberg, Deutschland14 contributions
Dec 2019
Visited Villa Kokkonen in winter in a group of friends. Antti in his full passion showed and explained us Villa Kokkonen from outside, the garden and inside, while Elina was preparing amazing typical Finnish food. Together they gave us a small concert filled with emotion and later we had the tasty food and could talk to Elina and Antti. These were wonderful, so diverse hours in a special place with so passionate Elina and Antti. Definetly recommend visiting Elina and Antti in Villa Kokkonen.
Written 3 January 2020
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Anna-Kaisa S
Kerava, Finland77 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is absolutely a hidden gem! Villa Kokkonen is a 50-years old villa at Lake Tuusula designed by famous Alvar Aalto for the composer Joonas Kokkonen. The villa is a lovely combination of private home and a concert hall. Today the villa is owned by City of Järvenpää and hosted by Elina Viitaila and Antti Pesonen. For 10-years this couple has arranged guided tours at the house where they live. The tours are run with a big heart and enthusiasm. The visit ends to a mini concert and coffee/tea serving with marvelous homemade cake.
Written 28 July 2019
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Mark H
Portland, OR11 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
My husband and I discovered the Villa Kokkonen while researching our trip to Finland. The villa, designed in the late 60s by internationally recognized architect Alvar Aalto for Finnish composer Jonas Kokkonen, overlooks Lake Tuusula, former home of composer Jean Sibelius and his wife Aino as well as several other artists and writers from Finland’s Golden Age. This gem is now in the care of two musicians who provide informative tours of the villa by reservation only and end each tour with a performance in the acoustically amazing studio/small concert “hall” that Aalto designed around the room’s grand piano. We were surprised about the poor publicity the Visit Lake Tuusula Association and the Alvar Aalto Association provide about this gem but strongly recommend it to those who want to see and experience Aalto’s domestic architecture so “well-tuned” to its beautiful, rural setting.
Written 28 May 2019
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kaisaes
Espoo, Finland3 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
This place is excellent for a tour visit, a concert visit or to arrange an event. The combination or architecture and music is great and the food served (on pre-order) is wonderful. And there is also a nice shop where you can buy lovely items.
Written 4 October 2018
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SDWashingtonDC
Washington, DC17 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
The combination of an informative tour of an iconic house by a great architectural master, lovely gardens and grounds, a beautiful musical concert, and the warm hospitality of Elina and Antti made our visit to Villa Kokkonen very special and a wonderful experience we will never forget. Rarely do you get to see an architectural masterpiece come alive in the way Villa Kokkonen does because of the loving attention of these musician caretakers/hosts. Having visited Sibelius' house that same morning, hearing Antti's rendition of "Finlandia" at the end of the afternoon was very moving. Don't miss the opportunity to come here, there's nothing else like it! And if you are planning to come and it's a nice day, while it's a longish walk from town or especially between the Sibelius house and Villa Kokkonen, it's quite a pleasant and pretty walk. Otherwise you might want a taxi or have a car.
Written 4 August 2017
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Orvokki2014
Kerava, Finland14 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
Genious architelture by Alvar Aalto! Introduction of the premises opened the details even to a non-professional. The visit always includes Finnish music by the host couple. Warmly recommended!
Written 24 July 2016
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LoBonanza
Helsinki, Finland139 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
Enjoyed the wonderful evening concert of Finnish songs at Villa Kokkonen by Elina Viitaila and Antti Pesonen. Antti hosted the evening and told us about the house and its history. They then served our group a delicious dinner. A memorable evening a a great couple as our hosts.
Written 5 November 2015
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grandmothermia2015
Kerava, Finland11 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
A summer evening concert of Finnish songs at Villa Kokkonen by Elina Viitaila and Antti A. Pesonen.
Warm evening and warm hospitality.
A great concert.
Written 15 September 2015
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nocatnow
Melbourne, Australia841 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Our group of 20 Australians were on a tour that showed us the best of Scandinavia and Iceland's art, design and nature. Surely there was no more appropriate place to take us than Villa Kokkonen, a house designed by Alvar Aalto for a Finnish composer.

The house is leased by opera singer Antti Pesonen and his partner Elina Vitaila, a concert pianist. Their enthusiasm for the house is contagious.

The visit started with a tour of the outside, where Antti pointed out various architectural features of the house and made many mentions of the fact the garden had been 'a jungle' before the couple tackled it. Photos of the exterior of the house do not really do it justice. It's much more interesting in reality. We compared it to houses designed by Australian architect Robin Boyd, at a similar time. Similar features for the late 1950s early 60s. Highly functional and making the most of light and space.

Inside the house is mostly blonde wood. The living room features a grand piano. Antti sang and Elina played for us. They were really good musicians.

We were then treated to a lunch prepared by Elina. There were different kinds of herrings in delicious sauces accompanied by small boiled potatoes, a pasta dish, and several salads. Dessert was the house specialty: chocolate apple cake. Delicious.

We loved the over-the-top enthusiasm of the duo and were pleased Academy Travel had allowed us the experience of visiting Villa Kokkonen.
Written 9 July 2015
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Mauri H
London, UK14 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Elina and Antti exceeded all our expectations with their enthusiasm in the architecture and the acoustics of the building. On top of all we heard wonderful live music and enjoyed delicacies prepared by Elina. A superb experience indeed, strongly recommended. Plese check the opening hours before your visit.
Written 7 July 2015
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