Ristinkirkko

Church in Lahti

Construction of this fourth and final church designed by Alvar Aalto was completed in 1978, two years after his death. Though showcasing his signature design style (light-saturated interior, windows overlooking greenery, lots of joinery, elegant hanging lamps), its unusual features include a cross formed by glass bricks inserted into the exterior wall. Benches in the wedge-shaped nave are arranged in a pattern echoing the organ's pipes and a simple wooden cross hangs behind the altar, providing a visual focal point.

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