Church and accommodation of Tikkurila / OOPEAA


Church and accommodation of Tikkurila / OOPEAA

© Hannu Rytky

© Hannu Rytky© Marc Goodwin© Tuomas Uusheimo© Tuomas Uusheimo+ 34

Text description provided by the architects. Tikkurila Church and Housing is a multi-functional complex containing a church with a cafe, meeting spaces for the community as well as offices accompanied by an attached apartment building offering student housing and affordable rental apartments with common facilities and commercial spaces. The church is placed in the corner and integrated into an island. Together, the church and housing form a unit with a diversity of functions to serve the residents of Tikkurila, one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse areas in the Helsinki metropolitan region. Located close to the main airport, Tikkurila is a major hub for connecting traffic and an important industrial and commercial center. Located along the main town square opposite the town hall, the church and adjoining housing are part of the transformation and densification of downtown Tikkurila.

© Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin
Sitemap 1.1000
Sitemap 1.1000
Elevation 1.400
Elevation 1.400

With its lively facade in multicolored bricks and its strong sculptural form, the church constitutes an identity landmark for the district. The multifunctional church building houses a range of flexibly adaptable spaces to accommodate a variety of uses. In its maximum capacity, the main parish hall can accommodate 500 people and it is possible to divide the space to allow several simultaneous activities. The building offers workspace for around 140 employees and offers several meeting spaces of different sizes. There is also a cafe and a children’s corner. During the summer months, the courtyard provides a pleasant space for gatherings.

© Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin
© Hannu Rytky
© Hannu Rytky

The personal experience of the people was an essential starting point for the architecture of the new church in Tikkurila. Human scale, accessibility and lifecycle sustainability were central guiding principles in the design. The shape and scale of the building follow these key principles. Around the entrances, the scale is lower and more moderate, which makes them welcoming and accessible.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

It gets bigger and bigger in the part containing the main hall of the church, reaching high towards the light that enters the space in a subtle way. In the interiors, the atmosphere is cozy and relaxed. In the choice of materials, longevity plays an important role. Burnt brick is the main material used outdoors. Inside the church, concrete and wood create an interesting dynamic. The materials chosen will acquire a beautiful patina over time.

© Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

The scale and volume of the block are both compact and variable. The steeply sloping roofs of glazed baked bricks form an important part of the identity of the islet. They also make it possible to give an autonomous identity to the church. The sloping roof also helps create variability in the apartments allowing for duplex units on upper floors. The apartments vary in size from studios to family apartments. There is a wide range of shared spaces, including saunas, rooftop terraces, laundry facilities, gathering spaces, and bicycle storage. Carefully framed views open up to the surrounding cityscape. On the ground floor are commercial spaces housing shops and restaurants.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo


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