What to visit of contemporary architecture in Finland?



A trip to Finland to learn about the country’s architecture is inextricably linked to the figure of Alvar Aalto. Finlandia Hall, his house, his studio, the campus of the University that bears his name, the Paimio sanatorium and many other works allow us to discover the work and the person who shaped Finland in the 20th century.

But there is more architecture than the one executed by Aalto. One example is the Temppeliaukio Kirkko, the rock-embedded church with a large dome designed in 1969 by the brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen. The interior is excavated in the rock, but its dome, glazed around its perimeter, allows natural light to enter. Its shape responds to the desire to maintain the original character of the square in which it is located.

Another project, also of a religious nature, is the Kamppi or Silence Chapel, erected in 2012 when Helsinki held the position of World Capital of Design. Designed by K2S Architects, executed mainly in wood, it stands out for its austerity, since it is designed as a seclusion space, small in size, with indirect light that bathes the space from a cove to achieve an indirect incidence on the walls.

Following this same typological line, another interesting project is that of the Viikki Kirkko, a Lutheran church located in the Viikki district, also in Helsinki, the work of JKMM Architects. The church is mostly made of wood: the floors, roof, walls and pillars are made of fir and the exterior cladding and double shingles are made of poplar. The furniture is executed in oak and poplar.

Temppeliaukio Kirkko by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen

Temppeliaukio Kirkko by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen

Kamppi or Silence Chapel by K2S Architects

Viikki Kirkko of JKMM Architects


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