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

Location

Syöttäjänkatu 4, Jyväskylä
62.2269489, 25.7716804

Images

Section plan, Kuokkala Church
Section plan, Kuokkala Church (© Lassila Hirvilammi Architects)
View from the west, Kuokkala Church
View from the west, Kuokkala Church (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Detail of the elevation, Kuokkala Church
Detail of the elevation, Kuokkala Church (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
View towards the altar, Kuokkala Church
View towards the altar, Kuokkala Church (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
View from the altar, Kuokkala Church
View from the altar, Kuokkala Church (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
1st floor, Kuokkala Church
1st floor, Kuokkala Church (© Lassila Hirvilammi Architects)
Section plans, Kuokkala Church
Section plans, Kuokkala Church (© Lassila Hirvilammi Architects)

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