Architect
Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects
Completion
1984
Gross area
1180 m²
Category
Assembly buildings
Tags
brick glass parish centre Postmodernism

The site is the former vicarage orchard and kitchen garden, surrounded by dark spruce hedges. The external walls are yellowish brick. The same material was used for the walls and floor of the entrance hall, while the ceiling is dark bluish-green and lighted by star figures. The sheet metal ceiling surfaces in the entrance hall act as light reflections, while they also conceal the air conditioning ducts, water pipes and electrical installations.

The room programme includes the parish halls proper, offices and clubrooms. The building was designed by Käpy and Simo Paavilainen, and they were assisted by Peter Verhe, Aimo Nissi and Ari Lainevuo. The glass painting in the parish hall was made by Onni Oja.

Planning began in autumn 1980, and the building was consecrated as Mikaelintalo (St. Michael’s house) in 1984.

Text: Finnish Architectural Review 4/1985

Location

Pyölintie 3, Paimio
60.45282893, 22.69550253

Images

Main entrance, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Main entrance, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
North elevation, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
North elevation, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Foyer, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Foyer, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Foyer, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Foyer, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Large parish hall, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Large parish hall, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Pulpe on font base, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Pulpe on font base, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Tables, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Tables, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Site plan, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Site plan, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)
Floor plan, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre
Floor plan, Mikaelintalo Parish Centre (© Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)