Muuratsalo Experimental House is a studio and summer residence designed by Elissa and Alvar Aalto. The building is located on the scenic Lake Päijänne shore plot, which can only be reached along paths - there is no road. Here, Aalto had the freedom to try different materials, shapes, techniques, and structural solutions. On the sauna path, you sense nature and Lake Päijänne - as did the architect couple in their time with their families and guests. Aalto fell in love with Säynätsalo and Muuratsalo and named the islands Tahiti of the Lake Päijänne.
The Experimental House is located in a beautiful place on the cliff of Lake Päijänne, but still under the protection of the forest. The guide draws your attention to details and interesting structural solutions - some of the experiments can be laughed at a bit these days.
In addition to the actual residential building, the guided tour introduces the smoke sauna and the boat designed by Aalto, which he named “Nemo propheta in Patria”. The guided tour of the visit takes about 45 minutes, after which the area can still be explored on its own.
The guidance takes into account the age of the visitors, Aalto's interest, and professional and study background. During the tour, you walk along forest paths and cliffs in about 1 km of hilly terrain, so the trip is not suitable for disabled people. Shoes and clothing suitable for the terrain and weather should be considered.
A private guided tour gives you the opportunity to focus on the guidance and interact with the guide.
General, scheduled guided tours and their schedules can be found on the Aalto Museum's website.
Muuratsalo Experimental House's private tour is only available for Säynätsalo Town Hall residents and guests.
The Experimental House and its surroundings are not accessible.
The area can only be reached with a guide. The guide picks up the group from the gate.
The price includes about 45 minutes of guided tours and the opportunity to explore the area on your own after a guided tour.
The gate is at the address Melalammentie 2. About 19 km from the center of Jyväskylä. The drive takes about 25 minutes. The journey from the center of Jyväskylä takes 45 minutes by public transport. Bus # 16 from the center of Jyväskylä, the end-stop (Vuorenlahdenkatu 38) is located about 400 meters from the gate.
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Public transport. Buses # 16 and #21 from Jyväskylä center to Säynätsalo. TIMETABLE.
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