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St. Henry's ecumenical art chapel

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Sanaksenaho Architects
location Turku
function chapel, exposition space
contributed by duv_

The chapel is placed in the landscape like religious buildings traditionally were. The shape of the building follows the contours of the site. The gradually forming green patina of the copper cladding blends in with the color of the pine trees. Amidst the buildings of an activity center, the chapel resembles an old village church. One walks from darkness towards light from a hidden source. The elongated nave is organized in two parts, the chapel in the front part and the gallery at the back. The visitor can study the works of art during the service. The chapel is constructed like an upturned boat. The load bearing structure consists of tapering ribs made of laminated pine. Rising at two-meters intervals, they give the building a natural, organic form. In the course of time, natural light will turn the tone of the timber to a reddish color. The chapel's patinated altar is the last public work of Kain Tapper. The altar window is a work by artist Hannu Konola.

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St. Henry's ecumenical art chapel
Seiskarinkatu 35
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday till Friday: 11 - 16; Thursday: 11 - 18.30; Saturday and Sunday: 12 - 15
Completion 2005
Floor area/size 300 m2
Cost € 600000,-
ArchitectSanaksenaho Architects
structural engineerKalevi Narmala
Client St. Henry's ecumenical art chapel
Project ID 1196
Latitude/Longitude 60°24'25N 22°15'13E
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