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Deciphering Roof Trusses – Exploring Medieval Wooden Structures

Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki

  • 10.9.2021–9.1.2022

The exhibition presents the world of roof trusses hidden beneath medieval shingle roofs and the work of the research team exploring them.


The wooden building heritage preserved from the Middle Ages in Finland is hidden within the roof structures of less than twenty stone churches. They are a unique source material, telling about the medieval wood constructions and a part of our country's medieval built cultural heritage. The roof structures of churches are masterly displays of construction skills, but they also tell us so much more. From the structures one can get an understanding of how they were built, how the church building sites operated, and how the local community was involved in the construction process. They also tell about the worldviews and beliefs of the medieval person and how structural innovations that developed in Central Europe travelled to the northern periphery of Europe.

The exhibition Deciphering Roof Trusses in the Museum of Finnish Architectures small exhibition hall presents the world of roof trusses hidden beneath medieval shingle roofs and the work of the research team exploring them. In addition to texts and illustrations, the exhibition also includes scale models as well as a film and other material illustrating the everyday life of field work.

The exhibition is curated by architect and Assistant Professor Panu Savolainen. Members of the Deciphering Roof Trusses research group have participated in the design and realisation of the exhibition. The exhibition is based on the research and restoration work of medieval structures carried out by Livady Architects since 2007 as well as Aalto Universitys project Medieval Wooden Building Heritage in Finland: Roof Structures of Stone Churches, the Construction Process and Construction Innovations, launched in early 2020.

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Museum of Finnish Architecture
Kasarmikatu 24, 00130 Helsinki

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Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card

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