K2S architects: kamppi chapel of silence
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may 31, 2012
K2S architects: kamppi chapel of silence


‘kamppi chapel of silence’ by K2S architects, helsinki, finland
all images courtesy K2S architects
image © tuomas uusheimo

 

 

 

the ‘kamppi chapel of silence’ by finnish practice K2S architects will soon be blessed by the archbishop in helsinki, finland. positioned on the southern side of the bustling narinkka square, the curved wooden structure serves as a refuge from the lively urban district. defined by a windowless facade, the solid building blocks out the city sounds, allowing visitors to become composed within the calm atmosphere. the structural framework is comprised of CNC-cut glue-laminated elements and the cladding’s components are custom-made spruce wood planks which are seamlessly connected with horizontal finger joints.


chapel interior
image © tuomas uusheimo

 

 

the building may be approached from all directions of the surrounding context but only accessed through a glaze entrance and concrete corridor, flexibly used as an exhibition space and gathering area. the passage abuts the chapel’s round room which is the only entity contained within the stand-alone volume. light streams down the perimeter wall from a void within the ceiling, illuminating the surface of the oiled alder planks. the warm interior is additionally furnished with seating of solid wood.


wall + ceiling detail
image © tuomas uusheimo

 


upward view of ceiling
image © tuomas uusheimo

 


detail of curved wall
image © tuomas uusheimo

 


entry corridor
image © tuomas uusheimo

 


wooden bench
image © tuomas uusheimo

 


site plan


floor plan / level 0
1. foyer
2. office / reception
3. cloakroom
4. chapel
5. sacristy
6. dressing room
7. storage
8. technical space
9. toilet

 


section

 


section

 


elevation

 


elevation

 


wall details

 

 

project info:

name of the project: kamppi chapel
location: simonkatu 7, helsinki, finland
client: helsinki parish union and the city of helsinki
completion: april-may 2012
total floor area: 352 m2
architects: k2s architects ltd, kimmo lintula, niko sirola and mikko summanen
design team: jukka mäkinen (project architect), kristian forsberg, abel groenewolt, tetsujiro kyuma, mikko näveri, miguel pereira, outi pirhonen, teija tarvo, elina tenho, jarno vesa
structural engineering: insinööritoimisto vahanen oy, matti kivinen, ulla harju
hvac-designer: insinööritoimisto äyräväinen oy, pasi heiskanen
electrical and automatization designer: insinööritoimisto nurmi oy, pekka larinoja
acoustical design: insinööritoimisto akukon oy, henrik möller
photographs: tuomas uusheimo

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