words and photography Marta Wódz
2. Paimio Sanatorium, designed by famous Finnish architect and designer Aalvar Aalto. After it was completed in 1932 it served as a tuberculosis sanatorium, later converted into a general hospital, which is still working. Despite the stunning design, for me the place is quite creepy – especially if you think about the fact that when it was opened, maybe one-third of the patients could have been cured from tuberculosis. The building is surrounded by forest and I associate the atmosphere there with Thomas Mann’s mysterious Magic Mountain.
4. a. St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel
b. Kamppi Chapel - it’s a small wooden chapel right next to the shopping centre in the busiest area of Helsinki. Very peaceful with beautiful architecture.
8. Harbour in Lahti. Some people would say that it’s the most beautiful place in Lahti, others that it’s the only one. It is almost always bustling with people, even in the winter - when the lake is frozen you can come for ice skating, ski running or snow kiting on ice. There are also two cafes here: one is open only during the summer. The other one you can always find, following the smell of cinnamon – it’s a traditional, wooden house with a very cosy atmosphere and the best pastries in town.
9. a. Finnish design. In Helsinki, there are plenty of shops that offer beautiful products. There are two examples: This is an exposition at Ittala shop at one of the main streets – a very famous, old brand.
b. This is a small shop, localisation also not that prestigious.
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