Whenever travelling to any city, I always first check out if there are any architecturally interesting locations worth to visit. Even I grew up in the surroundings of Helsinki, I still have a long list of places to visit for any time I’m in the city. This time I was smart enough to contact well advance the National Pensions Institute to book a visit in their headquarters. As the Alvar Aalto designed building is still in daily use, it is possible to visit only on mondays, when they organize guided tours.
I arrived well in advance so I got to wander around in the lobby by myself, which was my favorite part of the building. The black and white floor made from marble and belgian granite is so elegant and unique, and great combination with the signature ceramic tile -wall.
Fundació Joan Miró
This hidden museum was an absolute favorite in Barcelona. Not only I adore the works of Miró, but the huge modern building and calm courtyard terrace got us to stay here for hours.
Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe
The Barcelona Pavilion was the first thing I wanted to see at Barcelona. As everyone maybe knows, I’m a huge fan of Mies van der Rohe and it’s always a dream come true to get to experience beautiful architecture on the spot. I wish I could’ve been able to capture the light as it was inside, reflecting from the light marble and transforming through the blue glass windows. So beautiful.
Finally I took some time off to visit Villa Savoye near Paris in Poissy. It is a house Le Corbusier designed for the Savoye family in the 30’s and one of the most significant buildings in the modern architecture.
I visited on a weekday and was lucky enough to discover the house all by myself. On a sunny day the sun rays were flooding in and revealed the gorgeous shapes and details. My favorite part of the house is the round entrance with windows from ground to ceiling. I just wished there were some furniture, as everyone knows I’m a huge fan of Le Corbusier’s chairs!
Snapshots from Helsinki, where I spent the last days of 2018. The gorgeous stairs of Artek store and Alvar Aalto Paimio-chair at Artek 2nd Cycle, which is – as the name tells – a store dedicated to 2nd hand Artek furniture.
Galerie Patrick Seguin hosted The Row’s showroom this for AW2018 season, which makes so much sense. The gallery is specialized in the 20th century furniture and architecture. It is quite hidden in Bastille and the breathtaking space is designed by architect Jean Nouvel. I’m sure it is also one of the places the Olsen sisters acquires their furniture.
Sketch of Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry
Sofa at Prada
Two from the weekend. I visited Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Etre Moderne – MoMa à Paris exhibition, which grew my obsession towards Alexander Calder’s works. I also stopped by Prada store, which grew my obsession towards green.
Modern architecture is not the first thing that comes in mind when thinking about Paris and it’s Haussmann buildings. However, there are couple of gems worth visiting.
Maison Louis Carré, designed by Finnish Alvar Aalto is located 45 minutes outside of Paris and open for visitors every weekend. French art dealer Louis Carré was first considering Le Corbusier to design his new home but was not so convinced by his “colder” style such as use of beton.
Maison La Roche, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was designed for a Swiss banker and art collector Raoul La Roche.