When photographer Benjamin Gilbert visited Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium in Finland, he was captivated by the architect and designer’s attention to detail. He captures the seemingly small features that help to make the entire building one healing element for the tuberculosis patients it was designed for.
About the photographer
Ben is a senior photographer for Wellcome. He is happiest when telling stories with his photographs, whether that be the health implications of rural-to-urban migration in India, or the dedication of the workers who power the NHS.
Try these next
Visit our Library and check out a book all about Aalto’s work on the Paimio Sanatorium.
View a gallery taking you on the trail of London’s ghost hospitals, whose remnants hold clues to medical treatments of the past.
Visit the Living with Buildings exhibition and see items such as the huge curtain Giles Round created inspired by Paimio and the power of nature to heal.