How to build a community
Viikki Church is an example of how to make a community building and create a heart for sustainable urban development near central Helsinki. The church was built entirely in wood, making it one of the few modern timber churches in Finland. Modern churches are very different from the traditional ones. They have become multifunctional community buildings, venues for significant events in life, increasing well-being of citizens.
The choice of wooden architecture is very sustainable as it minimises our carbon footprint. JKMM’s design combines old Finnish traditions, modern architecture with industrial manufacturing processes. Exteriors are clad in aspen shingles, split with an axe to create a naturally water repellent surface without using any chemicals. Inside the church, dense clustered structural beams are left exposed making architecture without decoration. This evokes the atmosphere of a Finnish forest.