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STUDENT CREATES FINNISH CHAPEL

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Finnish timber company UPM built this small wooden chapel (also on the cover) for the Housing Fair in Oulu, northern Finland to a competition-winning student design.

The winner, Vesa Oiva, created the design to give as great a feeling of openness and light as possible within a small space. The main material is plywood, treated in a number of ways. On the end wall there is a tree motif of water-jet-cut birch plywood, sandwiched between two layers of glazing.

The first use for the chapel was this summer but it has been designed so that it can be demounted and reassembled elsewhere.

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