About

Category
Assembly buildings
Architect
Erik Bryggman
Selections
Erik Bryggman’s architecture
Tags
chapel church funeral Helsinki
Competition
1952
Completion
1956

Bryggman won the 1953 Helsinki Congregation Chapel architectural competition in Honkanummi. His entry Aeternitas presented a scheme with two separate chapels: the southern chapel has seating for 120 and the northern one for 60 people. The two chapels are joined by a low wing that comprises a waiting area for relatives. Upon arrival the triangular gables of the chapels are seen next to each other. Both roofs are clad with wooden shingles. A tall cross stands in front of the larger chapel and the façade is decorated by a relief by Jussi Vikainen (1957).

The beams bearing the roof dominate the interior of the larger chapel. The floor is laid with rough schist flagstones. The pews are placed at an angle so that mourners’ gaze is directed through the southern windows to the graveyard – a gest familiar from the Resurrection Chapel. The altar is raised by three steps above the nave floor, and light falls onto the altar from three roof windows on the south pane. A cross is attached to the altar wall and four figures – a lily, a hive, a star, and a three-pronged star – are set deep into the wall surface – another reminiscent of the Resurrection Chapel.

The smaller chapel has a brick floor. The light falls at the rear of the space from a large window on the south side, which is laid with antique coloured glass.

In the basement there is a circular chapel for handing the urn to the relatives or for viewing the deceased. The space has a domed ceiling and insets for acoustical reasons.

Text: Mikko Laaksonen

Location

Vanha Porvoontie 225, Vantaa
60.2895969, 25.0819169

Images

Gable of the larger chapel, with a wall relief by Jussi Vikainen., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel
Gable of the larger chapel, with a wall relief by Jussi Vikainen., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel (© Heikki Havas / MFA)
The two chapels with tarred shingle roofs and the waiting area between them., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel
The two chapels with tarred shingle roofs and the waiting area between them., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)
Larger chapel interior., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel
Larger chapel interior., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)
Smaller chapel interior., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel
Smaller chapel interior., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)
Smaller chapel window., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel
Smaller chapel window., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)
Entrance to the larger chapel through glass doors with vine decoration., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel
Entrance to the larger chapel through glass doors with vine decoration., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel (© Heikki Havas / MFA)
Basement chapel., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel
Basement chapel., Honkanummi Funerary Chapel (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)

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