K2S Architects Wins Competition to Replace Fire-Razed Church in Ylivieska, Finland

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Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects

In March 2016, the central church of Ylivieska, Finland, was destroyed in a fiery blaze, an act of arson that leveled the 18th-century wooden structure into a pile of ash.

Now, the community is set to start fresh with a brand new church designed by K2S Architects, after the Finnish firm was selected as the winners of a competition for the new Ylivieska Church.

Selected from a pool of 214 proposals, K2S’ design, “Trinitas,” was named the winner ahead of finalist entries from AOR Architects; OOPEAA; Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte and Simon Schumacher; Pauli Terho; APRT Architects; and Benjamin Schulman.

The competition asked architects to design a structure that could serve the function of the former church building while creating a contemporary structure that responded to its context in a

Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
3rd Prize (Tie) - "Silta (Bridge)" / AOR Architects. Image © Aarti Ollila Ristola Architects (AOR)
3rd Prize (Tie) - "Kooda 2" / OOPEAA. Image © Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA OFFICE FOR PERIPHERAL ARCHITECTURE
Honorable Mention - "Emilia" / Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher. Image © Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher
Honorable Mention - "Trias" / Pauli Terho. Image © Pauli Terho
Honorable Mention - "Ristit (Crosses)" / APRT Architects. Image © APRT Architects
Citation - "Mina Olen Tie (I Am The Way)" / Benjamin Schulman. Image © Benjamin Schulman
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“In its basic form, the proposals were roughly divided into five types: cross-churches inspired by the old church; triangular floor plans resembling Ylivieska's coat-of-arms; square or stretched rectangular footprints; various symbols; and inspired/free-form,” the jury noted in their citation.

“The most successful were the proposals for a new building that made a clear, coherent figure that was tall enough in relation to its environment to be able to create a new urban focal point.”

K2S’ design was selected unanimously by the jury. The architects will now continue working with the Ylivieska Parish to plan for future realization.

1st Place - 30.000 € Prize

"Trinitas" / K2S Architects

Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects

3rd Place (Tie) - 12.000 € Prize

"Silta (Bridge)" / AOR Architects

3rd Prize (Tie) - "Silta (Bridge)" / AOR Architects. Image © Aarti Ollila Ristola Architects (AOR) 3rd Prize (Tie) - "Silta (Bridge)" / AOR Architects. Image © Aarti Ollila Ristola Architects (AOR)

"Kooda 2" / OOPEAA

3rd Prize (Tie) - "Kooda 2" / OOPEAA. Image © Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA OFFICE FOR PERIPHERAL ARCHITECTURE 3rd Prize (Tie) - "Kooda 2" / OOPEAA. Image © Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA OFFICE FOR PERIPHERAL ARCHITECTURE

Honorable Mentions - 7,000 € Prize

"Emilia" / Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher

Honorable Mention - "Emilia" / Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher. Image © Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher Honorable Mention - "Emilia" / Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher. Image © Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher

"Trias" / Pauli Terho

Honorable Mention - "Trias" / Pauli Terho. Image © Pauli Terho Honorable Mention - "Trias" / Pauli Terho. Image © Pauli Terho

"Ristit (Crosses)" / APRT Architects

Honorable Mention - "Ristit (Crosses)" / APRT Architects. Image © APRT Architects Honorable Mention - "Ristit (Crosses)" / APRT Architects. Image © APRT Architects

Citation

"Mina Olen Tie (I Am The Way)" / Benjamin Schulman

Citation - "Mina Olen Tie (I Am The Way)" / Benjamin Schulman. Image © Benjamin Schulman Citation - "Mina Olen Tie (I Am The Way)" / Benjamin Schulman. Image © Benjamin Schulman
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