The stunning Kuokkala Church in Jyväskylä, Finland updates a traditional building form with a refined modern finish. The daylit structure is constructed almost entirely from locally-sourced spruce that is left in its natural state and highlighted by the sunshine streaming in from above. Finnish architects Lassila Hirvilammi and Luonti wanted to design a familiar form with a modern, simple appeal, and they succeeded with a beautifully-executed building that makes the most of available resources.
Located in the middle of downtown, the building is very much a central part of the community. The architect’s use of natural materials inside and out gives the church a very organic texture. The slate exterior walls and ceiling will last for generations and have a relatively low environmental impact. The wooden structure is supported by spruce glue-lam beams and features the extensive use of spruce throughout the interior. The wood was locally-sourced and is finished with a natural tone that helps keep the interior bright. Daylight streams from the peak of the roof throughout the three-story building, which also contains a daycare center, meeting rooms, and an office.