Church in Hyvinkaa
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Architect Aarno Ruusuvuori
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Location Hyvinkaa, Finland   map
Date 1959 to 1961   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System concrete
Climate cold temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Graceful use of triangular geometries in plan and section.


Photo, exterior

Photo, interior

Photo, interior


Plan Drawing

Discussion Church in Hyvinkaa Commentary

"On rocky tree-planted ground near the centre of this rapidly growing town, 45km (28 miles) north of Helsinki, stands this church of unusual triangular outline. It was designed by Aarno Ruusuvuori in 1961, following a competition.... The building has a rhomboidal plan divided from corner to corner, so that the church itself, occupying half the area, is triangular in plan. It is also triangular in section, rising to a peak in the centre of the building. The other half is also triangular in section but not so high, allowing clerestory lighting into the church above the gallery. The building is of reinforced concrete with the long sloping ribs filled in with glass or precast concrete slabs."

— J.M. Richards. 800 Years of Finnish Architecture. Vancouver: David and Charles, 1978. p186.

Sources on Church in Hyvinkaa

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. geometry diagram, p183. — Updated edition available at

J.M. Richards. 800 Years of Finnish Architecture. North Pomfret, VT: David and Charles, Inc., 1978. photo from field, p186.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Church in Hyvinkaa


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