Kärsämäki Shingle Church
The design of the Kuokkala Church is based on the winning entry to an invited competition held in 2006, a work called Kide (’Crystal’).
The building is reminiscent of typical Medieval Finnish church with triangular gable ends. At the same time, the architecture is very much contemporary.
The dark, black-painted shingle elevations and light, untreated wooden interiors form a strong match. The contrast between the exterior and interior is further emphasised by the occasional soft curvature of the interior: the funnel-shaped ceilings and the technically outstanding open spiral staircase.
Source: Finnish Architectural Review 2/2010