Language variant : Chapel of the Resurrection
Architect : Bryggman, Erik
Locality : Turku
Country : Finland
Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)
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In the course of his career, Erik Bryggman designed many memorials, churches and burial chapels. Each successive project incorporated the lessons of the previous ones, culminating in the intensely personal Resurrection Chapel. Designed in 1938, its construction was interrupted by the Winter War (December 1939—March 1940), and completed in 1941. It was his finest achievement.
All symbols face backwards and forwards. Bryggman incorporated the essence of many periods in the elements of his design. He synthesized those compelling cultural and architectural paradigms that were present in his experience: He grasped the iconic significance of the Cremation Movement in Scandinavia, he integrated Scandinavian Classicism of the 1920's, Italian vernacular landscape-conforming architecture, Finnish medieval stone architecture, and Functionalism. He not only drew upon traditional church iconography, but also employed his own personal insight to create a symbolic vocabulary of devices and motifs. In the hands of a lesser architect, the synthesis of these disparate elements might have been awkward. Because Bryggman had an unusual ability to internalize the vocabularies of these periods, he held a unity of design intention in his Resurrection Chapel.
Janey Bennett: Eric Bryggman's Resurrection Chapel. — Erik Bryggman 1891-1955 Architect. Ed. Riitta Nikula. Suomen rakennustaiteen museo, 1991, 243.
Ed. Antti Siitonen