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March 31: Tapiola 1

We took a tour of Tapiola, a garden suburb in Espoo right near TKK, built mostly in the 50s and 60s.

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First, though, in Merisotilaantori the day before, old appliances were being collected.

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An arcade in Tapiola. Spring was certainly arriving; the weather was balmy and the snow was melting.

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A glimpse of the town center down the street.

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Forest rowhouses.

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Espoon Kulttuurikeskus (Espoo Cultural Center). The main buildings of Tapiola are all arrayed around the various sides of the pool in the foreground.

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A mezzanine in the swimming hall.

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The Tapiola church, designed in the mid-60s by Aarno Ruusuvuori.

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Here's the interior. It's severe, but it certainly makes for a contemplative space, so I think it works well.

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This big brise-soleil is the main source of light.

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Looking back toward the entrance.

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The brise-soleil from near the front.

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The configuration of the pipes in the central box of the organ makes it look almost like they're receding far into the distance.

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The font, right at the end of the entrance axis.

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Another exterior view, the brise-soleil being inside the windows to the left.