Architecture and surroundings

The peasant-style construction culture, village parishes, fishing farms and the industrial and city environments form the foundation of the constructed culture environment in Satakunta. The styles of different eras, from Neoclassicism to Modernism, have shaped the landscape and are evident in our beautiful buildings. Architecture in Satakunta is a combination of historic manors and modern construction art.

Several of the destinations listed below have been classified as nationally significant constructed cultural environments by the National Board of Antiquities. They are still open to the public and they organize various activities including events and guided tours.

Alvar Aalto - Villa Mairea and Terraced House

Villa Mairea is a masterpiece designed by architect Alvar Aalto. Villa Mairea, completed in 1939, is a part of the Noormarkku ironworks area. It is one of the most successful pieces of the Modernist era, expressing a connection between simplicity and nature. Located in the middle of nature, Villa Mairea can be explored by booking a guide in advance with the Mairea Foundation. Aalto has also designed the Terraced House located in Kauttua and several other buildings in the Kauttua ironworks area. Alvar Aalto is closely intertwined with Finland and Satakunta. Aalto's touch can be seen in about 20 buildings around Satakunta and he is considered to be a part of the inception of the Finnish regional planning in Satakunta in 1942, when his regional plan for the Kokemäenjoki River Valley was approved.
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© Tiina Leino

Pori Town Hall

Johan Carl Ludvig Engel was a German architect, who was a pioneer in Finnish architecture in the beginning of the 19th century. Engel represented the Neoclassical Empire style. There are several buildings designed by him in Satakunta. The most well-known is probably the Pori Town Hall (1841). This Neoclassical building is one of the most well-known sights in Pori. 
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Vuojoki Manor

Vuojoki Manor in Eurajoki used to be one of the biggest farms of Satakunta. The current manor, designed by architect C.L. Engel, was completed in 1836. After several phases and owners, Vuojoki ended up in the possession of the municipality of Eurajoki in the 1930s. Today, the Empire style building is used as a meeting, training and cultural centre. The main building of the manor is considered to be one of the most magnificent creations of manor architecture in Finland. 
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Vuojoki Manor  

Vuojoen kartano

Wooden church of Kankaanpää

Opened in 1839, the wooden church of Kankaanpää was designed by C.L. Engel.
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Wooden church of Kankaanpää

Villilä Manor

Villilä Manor, located in Nakkila, combines history, architecture and the movie industry. The manor is deeply rooted in history - it was first mentioned in the 1450s. The current main building of the manor, constructed in the Empire style, was completed in 1852 according to the blueprints of C.L. Engel's student, architect A.F. Grandstedt. The main building is currently used for accommodation and dining. Villilä studios and Sataedu audiovisual industry students work together in the former agricultural buildings. In Villilä they have filmed many movies like Risto Räppääjä (in English Ricky Rapper).
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Villilä Manor

Villilän kartano

Leineperi Ironworks

The ironworks town of Leineperi from the 18th century is one of the most well-preserved ironworks areas in Finland. The popular destination is visited by tens of thousands of travellers from Finland and overseas every year. The most significant sights of the ironworks area are the refurbished blast furnace and hammer workshop. This historic and idyllic area offers sourdough rye bread, handicrafts workshops and events from markets to fairs!
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Leineperi

Noormarkku Ironworks

Noormarkku Ironworks is one of the most presentable areas in terms of the iron industry. In addition to the actual ironworks, other buildings owned by A. Ahlström also belong to its vast and beautiful area. Surrounded by amazing gardens, the area is home to a saw mill, a power plant, the church of Noormarkku, workers' and managers' dwellings as well as Villa Mairea, designed by Alvar Aalto. The historical buildings are still in use, serving as restaurants as well as accommodation and meeting premises.
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Noormarkku Ironworks

Kauttua Ironworks Park

Located in Eura, Kauttua Ironworks Park is a former ironworks and paper manufacturing area. Alvar Aalto designed several buildings for the area, such as the famous Terraced House and River Sauna. Nowadays, the ironworks serves travellers via events, from antique and collection fairs to summer theatre.  The historical buildings combined with the factory environment and nature invite you to have a good time in Kauttua Ironworks Park!
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Kauttua Ironworks Park

© Tiina Leino

Signe castle in Pori

The first Finnish female architect, possibly even the first female architect in the world, Signe Hornborg designed the Signelinna (Signe castle) in Pori; the house is also known as Newander castle. The house is one of her most notable works, and it was finished in 1892.

Rauma Main Library

Constructed based on an architectural competition, Rauma Central Library communicates its open operations through its transparency. Located on the shore of the canal, the building has become an important part of the city landscape and the surrounding cultural scenery. The library functions as the inhabitants' information and communication centre as well as a place for art enthusiasts.
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Rauma Main Library

Karvatti camp site of the parish of Rauma

Karvatti camp site is like a small village with its clearings surrounded by seven buildings. The camp site, built in the vicinity of nature, looks modern, yet atmospheric. The goal was to build premises for youth, where "everything is unlike home".
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Karvatti camp site of the parish of Rauma

Shopping centre BePop

Located in the centre of Pori, BePop is a post-modern masterpiece. Its purpose was to seek a new kind of shopping centre architecture using different colours and shapes. Even after all the years since 1989 when the shopping centre was built, it still looks fresh and positively out of sync with its surroundings. Nowadays, BePop houses over 20 companies providing different services, from cafés to shops.
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The BePop Shopping Centre

© Antti Partanen

The Pori Swimming Hall

Pori swimming hall combines innovations, the latest technology and the development of renewable forms of energy. It is Finland's first hall, where some of the energy is produced via solar thermal collectors and solar panels. The stylish, bright and functional premises of the swimming hall have been designed with customers in mind.
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The Pori Swimming Hall 

Art Institute of Kankaanpää

Materials and lightning solutions distinguish the Art Institute of Kankaanpää from normal school environments.  Its inner yard lends itself to organising exhibitions, concerts and other performances. The premises are constructed solely for the purpose of teaching art.
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Art Institute of Kankaanpää

The stone church of Huittinen

Built at the beginning of the 16th century, the stone church of Huittinen has experienced renovations due to fires and population growth. Significant old tombstones have survived on the cemetery surrounding the church.
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The stone church of Huittinen

The Cultural Environments of Satakunta Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The cultural landscape of Satakunta is varied and rich. The area is home to river valley-based farming areas, ancient relics and urban landscapes equipped with modern architecture. The publication called Satakunnan kulttuuriympäristöt eilen, tänään ja huomenna (The Cultural Environments of Satakunta Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, available only in Finnish) showcases the invaluable cultural environments, traditional landscapes, archaeological locations and buildings in the region.  
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Satakunta Architechtural Map

Explore the architectural history and current state of Satakunta. The site of Satakunta architect's association presents architects' blueprints on buildings in Satakunta.
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Satakunta Architechtural Map

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