Copper-clad chapel is a beacon of unity in one of Helsinkis most multicultural districts

January 9, 2017 by  
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In the long, dark, and cold winters of Helsinki , the Suvela Chapel shines bright as a welcoming, multi-faith space for one of the most multicultural districts in the metropolitan region. Located in the Suvela neighborhood of Espoo, where roughly a third of the residents are of foreign descent, the recently completed chapel was designed by architecture firm OOPEAA to serve as a multifunctional center that a diverse community can use together regardless of religious affiliation. The striking building is entirely clad in gleaming copper to emphasize unity; the material was also selected for its durability and recyclability. Commissioned by the Espoo Parish Union, the Suvela Chapel is used jointly by the Espoo Parish Union, the Swedish Parish of Espoo, and the City of Espoo to serve a diverse community. OOPEAA was tasked to create an eye-catching building with a strong identity of its own that would be welcoming to people of varying backgrounds and flexible enough to accommodate a number of activities. “Due to the relatively long, dark, and cold winters, communal indoor spaces play an important role as places for people to gather in Finland,” writes OOPEAA. “Providing schools, libraries and churches as places where people can come together on the common ground of a shared space has deep roots in the cultural tradition of Finland. The Suvela Chapel is part of this tradition.” Related: Stunning Seashore Chapel in China appears to float at high tide Located next to a local community park, the chapel is laid out like a horseshoe that wraps around an intimate interior courtyard . In addition to its copper exterior, the building is constructed from concrete and steel, while the interiors are mostly clad in locally-sourced spruce to inject a sense of warmth. Timber is also used in the outdoor canopies and, together with the copper panels, will develop a beautiful patina over time. The different functions of the chapel are laid out on one level and include a chapel hall, belfry, offices, meeting and group work spaces, areas for children and the youth, including afternoon child care and day care, activity rooms for local community clubs, and a soup kitchen. The Suvela Chapel was awarded bronze in the American Architecture Prize 2016 and was one of four finalist candidates nominated for the Finlandia Prize in Architecture in 2016. + OOPEAA Via Dezeen Images via OOPEAA

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Copper-clad chapel is a beacon of unity in one of Helsinkis most multicultural districts

Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine

January 28, 2014 by  
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The Farmer’s Fridge vending machine has taken the art of convenience food to a completely new level. Instead of offering processed, body-wrecking junk in environmentally-unfriendly wrappers, the Chicago kiosk is stocked with fresh veggies in recyclable and reusable toxin-free containers. Resembling more of a produce stand than a snack-dispenser, the exteriors are made from reclaimed wood sourced in Illinois. All major credit cards are accepted, and each salad, parfait, and vegetable stick is vetted according to standards set by the Environmental Working Group , and sourced to be as local and fresh as possible. Read the rest of Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA Free , chicago , Environmental Working Group , farmer’s fridge , fresh vegetables , garvey food court , illinois , lake forest tollway oasis , phthalate free , processed foods , reclaimed wood , recyclable packaging , seasonable produce , snack machine , soup kitchen , vending machine        

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NYC’s Broadway Transformed into 60-Foot Sledding Mountain for Super Bowl Boulevard

January 28, 2014 by  
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Football fans in New York will have a chance to channel all of the excitement leading up Super Bowl Sunday with a sports-themed winter playland on Broadway. Starting tomorrow, “Super Bowl Boulevard” will shut down vehicle traffic between Times Square and Herald Square to offer attractions like football-inspired games, photos ops with NFL stars and a 7-story-tall toboggan run . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CBS , CNN , Crossroads of the World , ESPN , football , fox , GMC , herald square , milliontreesnyc , National Football League , New York Times Square , New York. , nfl , NFL Network , NY special events , NYC road closures , Pedestiran Walkways , super bowl , Super Bowl Boulevard , Super Bowl XLVIII , Times Square , Vince Lombardi Trophy        

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