Finns looking for respite from the hustle and bustle of Helsinki can find solace in the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, a curved wooden structure located on the south side of the city center’s Narinkka Square. Designed by Finnish firm K2S Architects, the ecumenical chapel's thick and windowless walls provide an effective barrier against the city noise, allowing visitors to pray and collect their thoughts in peace. Rather than rely on artificial light, the architects cleverly installed a ring-shaped skylight along the ceiling's edge that lets in sunlight from above.
Since there are no openings in the wooden vessel-like structure, visitors enter the Kamppi Chapel of Silence via a set of glazed doors belonging to an adjacent one-story building. The long concrete-clad entrance area doubles as an exhibition area and is connected to a series of secondary spaces as well as the entrance to the round sacral space. The chapel’s curved inner walls were constructed from thick oiled alder planks. The sparsely furnished room consists of a box-like altar, wooden benches, and a few other metal elements like the silver cross and bowl used for christenings.
The outer facade is made from sawn-to-order spruce planks seamlessly connected together with horizontal finger joints. To protect the structure from the elements, the wood exterior is treated with a pigmented transparent nanotech wax. The frame was constructed from CNC-milled glued laminated timber.
Images via K2S Architects