Open church in Finland

This is an odd church if that is what it really is.   First it is tiny, and second it is open to the elements on two sides. They heat it, as you can see below, by open fire. While it calls itself a “church” there are also no crosses or religious decorations or carvings, thus I think it is really a pagan gathering spot and using the word church loosely.

Finnish architect Malin Moisio designed a wooden shelter, named Kirkkokiven laavu, in the deep forest of Kintulammi hiking and nature reserve area in Tampere, Finland. It is constructed from a vertically placed 5-by-5-inch timber frame, the gable-roofed shelter, with its rectangular floor plan, evokes the image of a house with a hearth at its heart. Both gable ends are open to the outdoors to emphasize a fluid connection with nature; small windows of varying sizes provide carefully framed views of the forest.

The Kintulammi nature reserve is an outdoor area for hikers with numerous shelters to overnight stays or have a break by the campfire. All the shelters are freely accessible to all and maintained by the City of Tampere. The structures are cological, with wood and recycled materials.

The green square is Tampere; the red circle the Finnish capital Helsinki.

Kirkkokiven laavu, the Church Stone Shelter, is near a large natural boulder that according to tradition, served as a primitive church for local horse shepherds in the 18th century which gives it its name but not its purpose.