The Sunila Pulp Mill and residential area form one entity. Aalto’s creative design input is more apparent in the latter. The pulp manufacturing process largely determined the building envelope and the contents of production units.
In the residential area, Aalto successfully implemented the ideas of 1930s Modernist architecture. The scheme is still a harmonious example of the socially driven construction of the period and of the possibilities and achievements of building technology.
The first building phase 1936-37 comprised the community’s town plan, the plant, the central heating unit and housing.
The mill is still in operation and owned by Stora Enso since 2009. In 1987, the residential area and part of the mill were placed under a preservation order.