Lost in Space
This post is part of the series Bad Craziness, an extravaganza of architecture and design from the World Design Capital 2012, Helsinki. The opinions of certain architects may be ignored in the crafting of these posts.
I expected a crater, the violence that happens when an object from outer space rams into Earth. Temppeliaukio, the Rock Church, looks like a space ship landed, released its contents on an unsuspecting populace, and decided to stay, to embed itself into the crust of rock and pass itself off as a place of worship.
On the walk up the hill, I was underwhelmed. By the weird dome. By the rocks and concrete. By the cave-like entrance. Danger, Will Robinson. I think I actually whispered it as we heaved open the copper door and walked inside.
And, I suck. I SUCK at architecture.
I was transported. A circular, cave-like space, hewn from rock, with a sunny, almost cheery, top. We sat in the balcony, whispering with reverence. MTM told me how he used a slide of this church when teaching architecture students about materials and light, never thinking he would actually see it in person.
I’m glad he did. Finally. The space was a gift to him and to me.