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Viikin Kirkko
Viikki Church
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DESIGNER
 
 
JKMM Architects
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DESCRIPTION
 
JKMM Viikki ChurchThe church forms the core of an area plan that will be implemented gradually. It extends into the narrowing scene amidst building fronts, between a park and a market place. The relationship between the church and its surroundings will be defined in time on the basis of drafts by JKMM Architects according to the winning entry of an architectural competition. The lines of the eaves echo the forms of a stand of trees and the building becomes part of the trees surrounding it.

JKMM Viikki ChurchOur idea of a space gouged in a forest is realized in the halls of the church. Architecture wishes to evoke impressions of the Finnish forest; of its sacredness and common nature. Dense wooden clustered columns and beams are architect-created structures. The structural idea is essentially defining the whole. The detail of the outer wall reflects a design concept by itself. The aim has been the all-wood atmosphere which is devout and uplifting.

The furniture, furnishings and lighting has been tailor-made design by architects to suit the church’s activities. The hall’s stackable chair creates the impression of a long church pew. The altar furnishings, highlight by cleft aspen surfaces, are outlined against the tripartite silver surface altarpiece, whose wine-colored tones transform in light.

The church combines modern and ancient building methods, sophisticated and rough-hewn surfaces, location and purpose, temporality and eternity. The intention of the client has been to create a modern successor for the long tradition of Finnish wooden churches, which takes into account the ecological ideas and criteria of sustainability of the whole Viikki area.
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MATERIALS
 
wood, cloth

JKMM Viikki ChurchThe architectonic choices of the church were guided by prefabrication, as the church was built of factory-made components non-stop to completion. The building has been braced by attaching insulated outer wall elements to the pillars and the panels of the ceiling to the glulam beams. The paneling was already attached to the plate stiffener of the inner walls at the factory. The architecture of church hall was built in one go. The untreated and grey-aged façade has been clad in cleft aspen shingles and fine-sawn drop siding. The interior lining of spruce have been treated with a wash of lye, leaving them easy to clean and renew. The acoustic elements of the false ceiling are form pressed veneer elements.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Finland [Suomi/Finland]
Province
Southern Finland [Etelä-Suomen lääni/Södra Finlands län]
Region
Uusimaa [Uusimaa/Nyland]
District
Helsinki [Helsinki/Helsingfors]
Address
Agronominkatu 5
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Religious buildings
Churches and places of worship
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2000     project winner of competition
Realisation
2001 - 2005
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Tarja Nurmi, "Viikki Church, Helsinki", A10 new European architecture 7, january-february 2006, "Ready" pp. 37-38
Finnish Architecture 0405 Exhibition book, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki. 2006, pp. 64-67
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CLIENT
 
 
Helsinki Parishes, Markku Koskinen
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 8.100.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 1.392
Volume
m³ 10.400
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Ylimäki & Tinkanen ltd, Jukka Ukko, Jani Pitkänen
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Molino ltd, Jyrki Sinkkilä
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STAFF
 
Design team
Päivi Meuronen, Janne Järvinen, Hella Hernberg, Teemu Toivio, Johanna Ojanlatva, Johanna Rope, Sini Kukkonen
Art intervention
Antti Tanttu, Hanna Korvela Design, Hanna Korvela, Heli Leskelä
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Arno de la Chapelle, Jussi Tiainen
Text edited by JKMM Architects
Courtesy by JKMM Architects

JKMM Viikki Church



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