Kamppi Chapel

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Kamppi Chapel
Finnish: Kampin kappeli
Swedish: Kampens kapell
Kamppi Chapel.jpg
View from the Narinkka Square
60°10.16′N 024°56.16′E / 60.16933°N 24.93600°E / 60.16933; 24.93600Coordinates: 60°10.16′N 024°56.16′E / 60.16933°N 24.93600°E / 60.16933; 24.93600
Location Kamppi, Helsinki
Country Finland
Denomination Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Architecture
Status Chapel
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen
Completed 1 February 2012
Specifications
Height 11.5 m (37 ft 9 in)
Administration
Parish Helsinki Parish Union

The Kamppi Chapel (Finnish: Kampin kappeli, Swedish: Kampens kapell) is a Lutheran chapel in Kamppi, Helsinki, located on the Narinkka Square. It is also known as the "Chapel of Silence" since it is intended to be a place to calm down and have a moment of silence in one of the busiest areas in Finland.[1]

The chapel is operated on a partnership basis by the Helsinki Parish Union and the Social Services Department of the City of Helsinki, while the parish unions of the neighbouring cities of Espoo and Vantaa also participate in the chapel's activities. Regular church services are not being held in the chapel, though it is planned to hold regular moments of prayer in the future. The chapel is ecumenical and welcomes everyone irrespective of religion, philosophy of life or background.[1]

The representatives of both the parishes and the Social Services Department are available in the chapel for personal discussions.

The chapel was constructed as a part of the World Design Capital program in 2012. It was designed by architects Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen of K2S Architects Ltd., and won the International Architecture Awards in 2010.[2] The chapel became popular immediately after it was opened: some 250,000 people had visited by January 2013;[3] a year later the chapel received its 500,000th visitor.[4] CNN called the building an architectural landmark and said: "The chapel demonstrates how contemporary architecture at its best can fascinate and inspire."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kampin kappeli" (in Finnish). Helsinki parishes. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kamppi Chapel of Silence". International Architecture Awards for the Best New Global Design 2010. The Chicago Athenaeum. 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kampin kappeli Helsingissä kerännyt neljännesmiljoona kävijää" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. January 4, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kampin kappelissa on käynyt yli puoli miljoonaa vierailijaa" (in Finnish). Helsinki parishes. January 7, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Marianna Wahlsten and Hannah Brookes (December 14, 2012). "Helsinki: World Design Capital 2012". CNN. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

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