An ovoid, wooden chapel designed by K2S

Kamppi chapel by K2S architects in Helsinki

Kamppi chapel by K2S architects in Helsinki

Kamppi chapel by K2S architects in Helsinki

Kamppi chapel by K2S architects in Helsinki

There’s something simple and lovely about this small, Kamppi chapel designed by K2S Architects. The space is gently curved and warm, contrasting the rectilinear and concrete hall that serves as an entrance into the chapel. The walls are windowless and lack any kind of iconography; the ceiling is void of electric lights or fire sprinklers that would otherwise interrupt the ovoid plane floating overhead. This lack of reference points makes the scale of the space ambiguous, which probably makes experiencing the chapel even better. Whenever there is a round room like this, I imagine what the acoustics would be like with a small group of folks singing inside. In this case, the chapel is intended to be an quiet escape from the noise of the city, so the world may never know. I also wonder if there are some kind of electric lights hiding near the skylights? As lovely as the chapel is, there isn’t much natural light in Helsinki during the winter months.

Found through designboom

Alex Dent

June 15, 2012 / By

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