Background of Pikonlinna

Curvatura naturae – an environmental work of art consisting of a willow tree (Salix fragilis bullata), five surrounding bronze pillars, and a paved area. The Pikonlinna Pillar reminds us of Pikonlinna’s history as a sanatorium 1931-1968, as a military hospital 1939-45, and as a central hospital unit since 1968. The Pillar of Faith describes how faith makes a man a man – and human beings are what they believe in. The Pillar of Hope reminds us of the eternity of love. The Pillar of the Close Ones discloses that intimacy means separation. The Pillar of the Environment reflects the fact that nature does not create anything unnecessary. The environmental work of art is a tribute to the work carried out in Pikonlinna. The environmental work of art cost 700,000 Finnish marks; it was financed by the Tuberculosis Fund of Tampere, the Joint Municipal Authority of the Pirkanmaa Hospital District (PSHP), the Cancer Society of Pirkanmaa, and private benefactors. The environmental work of art, which was made by sculptor Osmo Juvonen, was unveiled in connection of Pikonlinna’s 70th anniversary.

The five-floor hospital building, designed by architect Eino Forsman, represents the classical style of the 1920s. The building has gone through many renovations over the years. The biggest changes took place during a major renovation in the 1970s.

The Tietola building was designed by Eino Forsman. Tietola represents the Classicism of the 1920s and the Functionalist style of the 1930s. Tietola is a two-storey residential building, which was originally designed as a residence for the hospital’s chief of staff. This building was converted into a day-care centre on the basis of Antti Tähtinen’s plans in 1975