The commission for the Kuokkala Church was won through a 2006 competition to design a building which expresses the continuum of church architecture and, through its location in the center of the suburban neighborhood of Kuokkala in Jyväskylä, forms a focal point for the community and provides a sense of identity. OOPEAA´s submission, entitled KIDE, proposed a compact, sculptural building containing all desired functions within a single recognizable shape. That form represents the architecture of today, yet it is rich in historical allusions. A dialogue of contrasts between the exterior and interior architecture is manifested in material choices. The roof and walls of the church are covered with overlapping Spanish slate tiles, with wood and copper-covered entrance details that create a sense of warmth and scale. Other primary outer surfaces are clad in Finnish granite. The church interior is mainly wood; the church ceiling is a combination of glue laminated timber framing with wooden grid shell construction, which amalgamates the main floor spaces into a whole.