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Viikki Church

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JKMM Architects
 
location Viikki
function church, religion
contributed by Tarja_Nurmi

Finland has recently seen a revival of timber architecture in churches. A new addition to this genre is the Viikki Church, distinguished by the quality of its interiors, atmosphere and details. On the outside, the upper part of the building housing the church spaces, is clad with thick aspen shingles which will turn grey over time. The only indication of its religious identity is a stubby belltower and slender, barely noticeable metal cross. The lower, recreational section is generously windowed and clad with boards. The most exciting internal spaces are of course the religious ones which can be combined by opening the sliding doors dividing them. The church halls have windows about 2m high overlooking the landscape and a small garden, but the overall appearance, appropriately for a space of worship, is closed and inward-looking. The most striking features of these spaces are the wall construction and the ceiling, vaguely reminiscing Nordic Christmas decorations made of straw.

 

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Naomi says:
Thank Lewism, I added the tag!
Amsterdam, Netherlands 09-Apr-09
lewism says:
The location of this building should also be tagged as Helsinki, at the moment this building doesn't come up if you search under Helsinki.
Helsinki, Finland 09-Apr-09
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Viikki Church
Address
Agronominkatu 5
Finland
Project is public!
Completion 2005
ArchitectJKMM Architects
artistAntti Tanttu
Client Parish of Helsinki
 
Project ID 1231
Latitude/Longitude 60°14'01N 25°02'05E
Contributed by Tarja_Nurmi
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