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March 15: Laajasalo

The next building systems presentation assignment was on this church in Laajasalo, a suburban neighborhood of eastern Helsinki.

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The exterior is clad with copper. Here you can see the bell tower in the foreground, separate from the rest.

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The parish center playground here is further along.

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Looking back toward the church part of the church.

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A hall inside; the materials are very nicely worked.

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The sanctuary.

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The organ and dividing plane between the front and rear halves of the sanctuary; these can be separated and the rear part used as a dining hall.

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A little window into the kitchen.

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Daylight is used is all kinds of neat ways, as is a Nordic architectural wont; for example, the skylight hidden above this hearth. It would have been nice to see the church on a sunny day, but the degree to which the wood warmed up the light inside was quite nice nonetheless.

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Looking back from there toward the kitchen and sanctuary.

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The playground and the church entrance beyond.

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Another nicely detailed hearth.

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A light scoop like that above the first hearth.

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Coatracks.

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Joinery details.

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Skylights for the sanctuary.