Kamppi Chapel / K2S Architects

© Marko Huttunen

Architects: K2S Architects Ltd
Location: Simonkatu 7, , Finland
Head Designers: Mikko Summanen, Kimmo Lintula and Niko Sirola
Design Team: Jukka Mäkinen, Kristian Forsberg, Abel Groenewolt, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Mikko Näveri, Miguel Pereira, Outi Pirhonen, Teija Tarvo, Elina Tenho, Jarno Vesa
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 352.0 sqm
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Marko Huttunen

The Kamppi Chapel is located on the south side of the busy Narinkka square in central Helsinki. It offers a place to quiet down and compose oneself in one of Finland’s most lively urban spaces. With its curved wood facade, the small sacral building flows into the city scape. Simultaneously the chapels gently shaped interior space embraces visitors and shields them from the bustling city life outside.

© Tuomas Uusheimo

The chapel can be approached from all directions. From the direction of the Simonkatu, one arrives at a small square opening up towards the Narinkka square. From there, a flight of stairs leads down to the entrance level. Entrances are located in two glass facades facing the Narinkka square and the Lasipalatsi building.

© Tuomas Uusheimo

Only the actual chapel space is located in the wooden volume. Secondary spaces are located in a space opening up towards the square. The entrance space doubles as exhibition space, in which one also encounters clergymen and social workers.

© Tuomas Uusheimo

The sacral space is a calm space, in which the lively neighborhood seems distant. Light touching down on the curved surface and the feeling of warm materials define the space. The chapel’s inner walls are made of thick oiled alder planks. The furniture is also made of solid wood.

© Tuomas Uusheimo

The facades are made of sawn-to-order horizontal finger jointed spruce wood planks, which are treated with a pigmented transparent nanotech wax. The constructive frame consists of cnc-cut gluelam elements.

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Cite: "Kamppi Chapel / K2S Architects" 24 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=252040>

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    I really like the play of light in the ceiling, however the round shape of the ceiling is exactly a reminiscent a toilet bowl.

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