Narinkkatori square, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Parish Union
Completed in 2012
The Chicago Athenaeum’s International Architecture Award 2010, Finnish Wood Award honorary mention 2012, Rakentamisen Ruusu honorary mention 2012
The Chapel offers an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful moment in the middle of perhaps the busiest spot in Finland. The chapel is a place for everybody, regardless of their religion. The cocoon-like wooden shape of the interior of the Chapel embraces visitors and gives them a sense of safety. The chapel hall is dedicated to silence, but you will always find someone to talk to in the foyer – a priest or a social worker. The chapel, opened in 2012, is one of the best-known new buildings in Finland and has been featured in over 150 media outlets from the Guardian to Wallpaper.