WIth its timber curved facade Kamppi Chapel gently sits within the busy Narinkka Square in central Helsinki
The architect’s view
Kamppi Chapel - also known as the Chapel of Silence - is located on the south side of the busy Narinkka Square in central Helsinki. It is a place for silence and for composing oneself in one of Finland’s most lively urban spaces.
With its curved timber facade, the small sacral building flows into the cityscape. The chapel’s gently shaped interior space embraces visitors while simultaneously shielding them from the bustling city life outside.
The chapel can be approached from all directions. Approaching from Simonkatu, one arrives at a small square opening onto Narinkka Square. From there, a flight of stairs leads down to the entrance level. Entrances are located in two glass facades, which face Narinkka Square and the Lasipalatsi building.
Only the chapel space is located in the timber volume. Secondary accommodation is located in a space overlooking the square. The entrance space doubles as exhibition accommodation, which is also used by members of the clergy and social workers.
The chapel is a calm space, in which the lively neighborhood seems distant. Light touching down on the curved surface and the sense of warmth emanating from the materials define the space.
- Myriam Messahel, architect, K2S Architects
Start on site 2011
Completion May 2012
Gross internal floor area 352m²
Construction cost €7 million (£6,026,168)
Construction cost per m² €19,900 (£17,132)
Architect K2S Architects
Client Helsinki Parish Union and the City of Helsinki
Structural engineer Insinööritoimisto Vahanen
HVAC consultant Insinööritoimisto Äyräväinen
Electrical consultant Insinööritoimisto Akukon
Acoustic consultant Insinööritoimisto Akukon
Main contractor Parkak
CAD software used AutoCAD
Annual CO2 emissions Unconfirmed
Oiled alder planks
Sawn-to-order horizontal finger-jointed spruce wood planks treated with a pigmented transparent nanotech wax