Architect
Pekka Pitkänen
Completion
1962
Category
Assembly buildings
Tags
brick church Modernism sacral wood

Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre, designed by architect Pekka Pitkänen, is located on the island of Hirvensalo in Turku. The building was completed in 1962 and it was the first sacral building Pekka Pitkänen designed in his own office. Later he became one of the leading architects designing sacral buildings in Finland.

The church hall and the parish centre has been grouped along an entry atrium. In the western wing there is the church hall and in the eastern side is located an apartment, which is currently used as clubrooms. The entrance hall and the parish hall are between them in L-form.

The main materials of the building are white rendered brick, natural coloured wood and dark clinker floors. The interiors are mainly furnished with Artek furniture.

The church hall is illuminated by a large window to the south-southeast, which opens on the altar wall to the floor. At the front of the white altar wall, there is a simple wooden altar with benches and the pulpit, built of dark, polished concrete. There is an additional room connected to the church hall with a movable partition.

On the atrium yard, there is a bell tower, also designed by Pekka Pitkänen and built of black steel and red plank in 1988.

Location

Honkaistentie 85, Turku
60.4129695, 22.2368701

Images

Pathway to the main entrance, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre
Pathway to the main entrance, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre (© Mikko Laaksonen)
Main entrance, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre
Main entrance, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre (© Ola Laiho)
Church hall, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre
Church hall, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre (© Ola Laiho)
Altar, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre
Altar, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre (© Ola Laiho)
Detail of the interior, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre
Detail of the interior, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre (© Ola Laiho / MFA)
Floor plan, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre
Floor plan, Hirvensalo Church and Parish Centre (© MFA)