Alvar Aalto Sunila

Aalto Sunila Design

Hotel and Accommodation in Housing Area by Architect ALVAR AALTO

The Alvar Aalto Sunila Housing Area 1937 – 1954 in Kotka Finland is

  • The largest work by the world famous architect Alvar Aalto
  • 1,5 hours from HELSINKI City center
  • Design Hotel Real Estate for sale, land included
  • Directors House KANTOLA, restaurant and gallery
  • 12 residential & terraced houses with affordable apartments


Hotel Aalto Sunila Desing


Design Hotel FOR SALE with land

The former public sauna and laundry house is now a hotel with 20 beds in upper floor and a gallery and a café on the 1st floor. The buiding is FOR SALE for a competitive price, with the land area included. The former wooden wing can be re-built. The area is green with pine trees with a lovely sandy beach just next doors.


Alvar Aalto Kotka Sunila


Directors’ House Kantola and seaside sauna

Restaurant and meeting facilities, as well 4 bedrooms on the upper floor are found in former Pulp mill Directors’ house Kantola. With its’ kitchen, the iconic Artek furniture, the meeting facilities and the possibility to organize art exhibitions, this house is the crown of the modernist area.

The modernist style unique house is situated on the seaside of the Golf of Finland. The Finnish sauna experience can be enjoyed in the seaside sauna of Kantola. There’s also a dock for a small ship.

Kantola is presently owned by the City of Kotka, and new suitable business activities for this historically important and protected site can be negociated with the owner.

Kantola Seaside Sauna Aalto Sunila

Sauna Aalto Sunila Design

Sauna Aalto Sunila Design




9 Steam-powered sawmills were established at the estuary of the River Kymi in 1871-1876.  With the economic upswing, 5 of the biggest wood industry companies decided in 1936 to build the 1st suphate cellulose pulp mill of Finland in Sunila.

Harry Gullichsen, the chairman of the Sunila mill and Managing Director of the Ahlström company, was a personal friend of architect Alvar Aalto. He was already then internationally renowned.

The year before, in 1935 in Helsinki was founded Artek by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.”

Alvar Aalto and Harry Gullichsen had in common modern ideas about art, architecture and social progress. The Sunila residential area became the Finnish interpretation of international modernism, the 1st “Forest town”.

The view of Sunila from the sea became the symbol of the Finnish wood processing industry. The pulp mill was said to be the most beautiful in the world and was presented at the New York World’s Fair of 1939.


Alvar Aalto logopalkki