Helsinki – Architect firm K2S Architects has built a temple for quiet reflection in the city’s Narinkka Square, called the Kamppi Chapel of Silence.
The structure is designed to provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of the Square, which sits in one of the city’s busiest shopping districts. The Chapel of Silence is a collaboration between the city and the Lutheran church, although no religious ceremonies are held there.
‘People are feeling stressed from the demands of busy schedules and the constant need to deliver results,’ Mikko Summanen, principal architect at K2S tells LS:N Global. ‘There are not many places that are non-commercial, or encourage slowness, and we wanted to provide this. It is physically designed so that once inside, you do not experience, hear or see anything outside.’
For more on how people are yearning for spiritual venues in which to pause, reflect and escape the noise of the modern world, read the Sublime Spaces section of our New Sublimity macrotrend.