St. Henry's ecumenical art chapel
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The chapel is placed in the landscape like religious buildings traditionally were. The shape of the building follows the contours of the site. The gradually forming green patina of the copper cladding blends in with the color of the pine trees. Amidst the buildings of an activity center, the chapel resembles an old village church. One walks from darkness towards light from a hidden source. The elongated nave is organized in two parts, the chapel in the front part and the gallery at the back. The visitor can study the works of art during the service. The chapel is constructed like an upturned boat. The load bearing structure consists of tapering ribs made of laminated pine. Rising at two-meters intervals, they give the building a natural, organic form. In the course of time, natural light will turn the tone of the timber to a reddish color. The chapel's patinated altar is the last public work of Kain Tapper. The altar window is a work by artist Hannu Konola.