Alvar Aalto, 1970

Villa Skeppet is a detached house located in Ekenäs, designed by Alvar Aalto’s office as the home of Göran and Christine Schildt. It was completed in 1970 and served as the couple’s part-time home. After Christine Schildt moved out in 2017, the foundation bearing her’s and her late husband’s name began preparing the transformation to open Villa Skeppet as the Schildt’s home museum.

We first carried out a preliminary condition assessment of the site in 2017 and drew out a project plan for the necessary renovations of the main and sauna buildin in 2018. Later we were responsible for the principal and architectural design of the alterations and necessary renovations required for the museum activities in 2019–2020. In addition, we conducted a building historical survey for the buildings and the garden in 2019–2020, together with Landscape Design Hemgård.

Only minor restorative changes and necessary technical changes were made on the main floor of the buildling. The primary museum area remained unchanged, and alterations were concentrated in the auxiliary spaces and the garage, storage and technical spaces on the basement floor. The original constructural solutions, together with subsequent changes, had caused damage which required repaires in the exterior wall of the living room, on the balcony, in the sauna building and in the passage between the two buildings. The renovation of the water and sewerage system was solved by utilising the pipelines originally reserved for an unrealized swimming pool. The renovation and waterproofing of the yard’s water lily pond was planned and realized in cooperation with Landscape Design Hemgård. The interior surfaces, fixtures and textiles were carefully cleaned by the conservators while preserving the patina.

renovation and alteration, 2018–2020
principal and architectural design Mustonen Architects Ltd.
contractee Christine and Göran Schildt Foundation