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Finnish Island's 'Art Chapel' Looks Like a Copper Pyramid

This minimalist church on an island off the coast of Turku, Finland is gradually changing color. Since St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel was built nine years ago, its copper-strip exterior has slowly become more turquoise, while the curved pine ribs inside have reddened. Designed by the Helsinki firm Sanaksenaho Architects in a narrow shape inspired by the ichthys (Christian fish) symbol, the church's interior is reminiscent of an ark and has a triangular glass window behind the altar, which provides backlighting. "The most important building material besides wood and copper is natural light," architect Matti Sanaksenaho told Dezeen. "The idea is to walk through shadowy spaces towards the altar and the light, the source of which is hidden."

· Sanaksenaho Architects [Official site]
· Copper-clad chapel in Finland has a curving wooden frame like a ship's hull [Dezeen]
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