Pre-conference tours


Pre-conference tours are offered on the Saturday and Sunday preceding the conference. (The Children’s Hospital tour has since been rescheduled to Tuesday). Please note all tours have a limited capacity and will be sold on a ‘first come first served’ -bases. All tour sales are final sales.  ARCH24 reserves the right to change tour details and contents in case of circumstances that are beyond our control.

All tours leave at Dipoli Conference Center, from the ‘Events Entrance’  (South-East side) of the building. Please look for the yellow bus. Delegates attending Saturday and Sunday tours will be registered for the conference on the bus. We kindly request that you arrive appr. 10 minutes before the departure time to allow for a smooth departure for everyone. Please note that the buses will leave on time.

Day 1 PAIMIO SANATORIUM (Saturday June 15) full day tour 10:00 – 17:30, includes lunch – tour cost: €105 

Come visit one of the most iconic buildings of Aino and Alvar Aalto – the Paimio Sanatorium, from 1932. We have created a very special experience of this for ARCH24 delegates with the fabulous Panu Savolainen, professor of architectural history, who will lead our day. The price includes bus transport, lunch and a guided tour at the facility. There will also be free time to experience the building, site and take photos. Bring a water bottle. Capacity: 50 participants.

Schedule: 10:00 -11.30 drive to Paimio, with Prof Savolainen speaking on the bus, 11:30 -12:30 Buffet lunch at the sanatorium cafe, 12:30 -14:00 guided tour of the complex, 14:00 -15:30 free time to experience the site, gift shop, art exhibit, nature walk etc. 15:30 bus leaves back, 17:00 at Dipoli / 17:10 Helsinki city center.

Day 2 (Sunday June 16)

MORNING TOUR: Starts at 10:00 am – tour cost: € 55

Tour A: Helsinki hospitals – Siltasairaala – the biggest and newest hospital in Helsinki. Tour will include overview of the urban setting, walkthrough of the cancer hospital and the trauma hospital public spaces. Art at the hospital will also be discussed. Participants can stay at the hospital for lunch  (there is a nice seaview patio), get dropped off in Helsinki city center, or return to Otaniemi on the bus at 13:00 after the tour. Capacity: 30 participants, this tour is full with a waitlist.

AFTERNOON TOURS  – (choose one) – tour cost: €55 

Tour B: Helsinki hospitals New Children’s Hospital – PLEASE NOTE CHANGES (posted May 25) Tour B is rescheduled to Tuesday June 18 at 16:50 -18:45 

New Children’s Hospital – tour starts at the conference with presentation of the award-winning sound design of the hospital by Antti Ikonen (ending parallel session 4B) after which the bus leaves immediately for the hospital for a presentation led by Dr. Pekka Lahdenne, an executive with the health authority. After that, participants will be divided into groups of ten who will in turns take the ‘sounds’ tour (led by Antti Ikonen)  and the ‘facility’ tour (led Dr. Lahdenne). Each group has to wait one shift. The tour ends at 19:00 when the bus arrives at Hotel Vaakuna in the City Center. Tour capacity: max 3o persons.  This tour is full with a waitlist.

Tour C: Living facilities for older adults, tours start at 13:30 hrs (Updated program)

Visiting Tuusula service block. It is a newly built communal block combining nursing and day care services, opened in 2020, run by Norlandia care. The building is designed by UKI architects.
Visiting a senior center Myllymatka for older adults run by Helsinki City. It provides day program activities, housing for seniors and residential 24 hours care for people with memory decline. It is a renovation project completed in 2021.
Tour leader: Dr. Ira Verma, tour capacity: 16 people. This tour is full with a waitlist.

Post-conference tour: White Nights June 19-21 (not running)


UPDATE May 30, 2024: The White Nights tour – as listed here, will unfortunately not be running.  For individual travel arrangements, please inquire with Archtours.

Post-conference tour: White Night Experience June 19-21: Trip to Jyväskylä (Alvar Aalto, NOVA Hospital) and rural Finland. This tour is arranged by an external provider – kindly contact

White Nights Experience 2024 – Archtours