Anssi Lassila giving a lecture at the annual Bryggman Seminar today

Bryggman Seminar
The Architecture of Churches
February 10 – 11, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017
Seminar 10 – 17
The Swedish Parish House
Aurakatu 18, Turku

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Excursion 10 – 16
to look at church architecture in Turku

Lecture by Anssi Lassila
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 15.30 – 17
“Four Churches, Four Tales”

Anssi Lassila will be giving a lecture under the title “Four Churches, Four Tales” at the annual Bryggman Seminar in Turku on February 10.
Resonating with the work of Erik Bryggman, the theme of the seminar focuses on the architecture of churches in modern Finland. Through presentations by Claes Caldenby, professor at Chalmers Univeristy in, Gothenburg on the work of Sigurd Lewerentz and Peter Celsing and by Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen from the National Board of Antiquities on the role of light and material in church architecture from the 1950s to the 1980s, the seminar offers a look at the history of modern church architecture. Presentations by Matti Sanaksenaho of Sanaksenaho Architects, Tiitta Itkonen of LPR Architects and Anssi Lassila of OOPEAA provide reflections on their own work on church buildings in the more recent years in Finland. Antti Pihkala, the Chief Architect at the National Church Council will talk about the trends and challenges in reformation of church architecture through the 20th century to today.

In his lecture, Anssi Lassila will tell the four tales of the four church and chapel buildings he has designed during his career, starting with the Kärsämäki Church in 2004 and the Klaukkala Church in 2005 and continuing to the Kuokkala Church in 2010 and with the Suvela Chapel completed in 2016 as the most recent example. Each of these buildings serve as important focal points and gathering places in their respective communities, and behind each of them there is a story unique to that particular community. In his talk, Anssi Lassila will share how these stories are intricately interwoven into to fabric of the buildings.

More information on the Bryggman seminar in Finnish can be found HERE.