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In 1952, the young architect Elsa-Kaisa (Elissa) Mäkiniemi became his colleague and his second wife. The Muuratsalo Experimental House, where Aalto returned to the landscape of Central Finland, was built as their shared summer home.

The Experimental House became a new playground for Aalto. He tried out different arrangements of brick surfaces there, carried on painting and started to design a fast motor boat for himself, which in due course was given the name Nemo propheta in patria.