Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Helsinki – respite from city life

The Chapel of Silence (for the year of design).

The Chapel of Silence (for the year of design). (Photo credit: gak)

Quiet spaces in cities don’t always have to be green and open. This year the city of Helsinki opened the Chapel of Silence to coincide with its year as World Design Capital.

The beautiful structure is clad in spruce on the exterior and alder inside, and is outwardly non-denominational, although commissioned by the Lutheran Church of Finland.

It exists to provide a sanctuary of peace and contemplation for city dwellers and visitors. How wonderful. Surely every capital should have such a haven of peace amongst the hubbub.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/jan/06/constructive-criticism-architecture-finland-iraq

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