The parish church in the Finnish town of Jyväskylä stands in the main square alongside its singular bell tower, a tall prism-shaped landmark with sharp-edged sides. The architects Anssi Lassila and Teemu Hirvilammi had already won acclaim for their church at Kärsämäki where they used wood for both structural and decorative elements
(see The Plan n° 013, 2006).
The compact mass and uncompromising lines of the Jyväskylä church with its steeply pitched roof are accentuated by blanket cladding with overlapping slate tiles. At the same time though, the slate’s luminous grey reflections dispel any hint of stolidity.
The building has three storeys. Offices and community activity rooms are on the ground floor, their long glazed lights overlooking the square. The church proper takes up the whole of the second level. Although laid down longitudinally in nave-like fashion, the...