“Sacral Space: Modern Finnish Churches” presents 12 churches and chapels that exemplify the rich and multifaceted modernist tradition of Finnish church building. Jari Jetsonen’s photographs and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen’s erudite texts make this book an extraordinary companion to sacral architecture in Finland.
The churches included are: The Resurrection Chapel by Erik Bryggman, Otaniemi Chapel by Kaija and Heikki Siren, the Church of the Three Crosses by Alvar Aalto, Vatiala Chapel by Viljo Revell, Hyvinkää Church by Aarno Ruusuvuori, Kaleva Church by Raili and Reima Pietilä, Temppeliaukio Church by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, the Chapel of the Holy Cross by Pekka Pitkänen, Olari Church by Käpy and Simo Paavilainen, Kauniainen Church by Kristian Gullichsen, St. John’s Church Männistö by Juha Leiviskä, and St. Henry’s Ecumenical Chapel by Matti Sanaksenaho. The book also contains an essay “The beauty of hidden order” by professor Fred Thompson.
Holiness is one of the essential qualities of human life. It has been seen to represent an organised reality alongside the chaos of life. The emotions: fear, power, energy, incomprehension, attraction, immenseness and humility are the qualities associated with holiness. Experiencing it is at once mystic, fascinating and awesome. Within it individual experience encounters universality. It embodies the possibility of being in contact with the other world beyond the mundane everyday life. Architecture, even as organised reality, can be the fabric of holy eperience, if only the qualities touching the emotions are present in the space.
— Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, Sacral Space – At the roots of modern Finnish church architecture, p. 8.
The book was originally published in conjunction with a touring exhibition that was on display at the Tokyo Design Center in Japan between 18.8.-31.8.2003, the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki between 30.1.-21.3.2004, and at the Embassy of Finland, Washington D.C., USA, between 1.10.-31.10.2004.
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