The shortlisted works for the European Copper in Architecture Awards have now been announced, and the Suvela Chapel by OOPEAA in Espoo, Finland is one of them. The Chapel is a multifunctional building that offers a space for the people of the community to use together for their many different needs regardless of their religious affiliation.
OOPEAA embarked on the design and planning for the Suvela Chapel and the nearby community park in 2012 and the building was completed in 2016. The goal was to create a building that has a strong identity of its own while also entering in dialogue with the multicultural context of its suburban neighborhood. The Suvela chapel was commissioned by the Espoo Parish Union and it is used jointly by the Espoo Parish Union, the Swedish Parish of Espoo and the City of Espoo to serve the entire community of Suvela.
The chapel offers an approachable and welcoming space with a human scale and an inviting atmosphere. The building serves many functions and provides a home base for many different kinds of organizations. Since it was inaugurated in September 2016, it has provided a dynamic place of activity for the inhabitants of all ages in the neighborhood. It is first and foremost a meeting place that serves members of the parish and other groups of people in the community alike.
For more information on the Suvela Chapel, click here.
European Copper in Architecture Awards is a biennial showcase celebrating architectural design of buildings that incorporate copper or copper alloy in cladding, roofing or other architectural elements.
More information on the European Copper in Architecture Awards here.
You can vote for your favorite among shortlisted buildings. The voting is open until 31 August. To vote for the Suvela Chapel, click here.