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SANCTUARY

Whether one calls it a sanctuary, worship space, celebration room, nave, assembly hall, or great room; this focal point of a structure is the single most important room in the Praise Building. Designing this space, (which for the purpose of this text, we will call the sanctuary) need not be complicated to design or expensive to construct.The most important aspect of sanctuary design is to create a worship space using scale, color, light and building materials which humble us in the presence of the Divine. Regardless if one stands in a temple in Thailand, a Mosque in Morocco, or the Cathedral in Chartres, one is humbled by the scale of the sacred space. Additionally, the quality of design and craftsmanship allows one to appreciate the worship space for the excellent craftsmanship contained therein. In modern PraiseBuildings, the same elements are used to create a contemporary worship space. Since the focus of this text is limited to working within the framework of an existing structure, much of the architecture detail of the original structure should be incorporated into the PraiseBuilding. By Stephen Ferrandi, Director, ...

10 Simple Rules for Designing a Great Worship Space

10 Simple Rules for Designing a Great Worship Space By Stephen J. Ferrandi, Director Trinity Church Property Management  1. Ceiling Height  Create as high a ceiling as possible.  High ceilings help create the feeling that the space is important, which in turn helps instill reverence in the space.  High ceilings are also required to create the acoustics needed for music, praying in unison, and projection of the voice.  Music requires a high ceiling in order to sound full-bodied and powerful. 2. Symmetry  Use proportional spacing and balance to create a Symmetrical worship environment.  The sanctuary, platform, altar area, pulpit, bimah, stage or other focal point of the worship space should be centered to allow most members of the congregation an un-obstructive view.  When placing seating, it is important to use symmetrical design.  If  pews, theater seats or movable chairs are to be installed, several issues are important to consider prior to installing the seating.  First, seating in an auditorium space is governed by federal, state and local fire and life safety codes.  Prior to purchasing seating for your space, understand the Requirements for your ...

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