Kamppi Chapel

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Marko Huttunen

The egg-shaped chapel is located across from Narinkka square, with a shopping center to the north and a busy thoroughfare on the south.

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Site plan courtesy of architect

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Plan courtesy of architect

The 352 m2 (3,789 ft2) building contains the chapel and sacristy within the ovoid floorplan. The chapel is accessed via a glazed foyer of an adjoining church.

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Marko Huttunen

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Tuomas Uusheimo

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Drawing courtesy of architect

The exterior wall of this boat-like construction is clad with three horizontal layers of spruce planks.

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Tuomas Uusheimo

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Tuomas Uusheimo

Inside the curved wall – clad with light-colored alder planks – surrounds the pews and focuses attention towards the simple wooden altar.

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Tuomas Uusheimo

This timber vessel is filled with natural light from a clerestory, formed by a separation between the wall and the roof.

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Section courtesy of architect

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Marko Huttunen

JA+U : Kamppi Chapel by K2S Architects

Photography by Tuomas Uusheimo

The office, reception, dressing room, and other functions are contained in the T-shaped part of the adjoining concrete building.

K2S Architects is a Helsinki-based architectural office. Two of their recent projects, including this chapel, are featured in our A+U: August 2012.

Top image by Tuomas Uusheimo