Wood ceilings and wood walls in churches, chapels and other temples
- 7 March, 2014
- Posted by: spigo
- Category: Acoustics, Architecture, Construction, News
Wood continues to be —although in its latest version (wood panels, wood slats, etc.), and in coexistence with other materials— one of the materials used in the construction and decoration of churches, chapels and other temples.
The use of wood in the construction of churches and temples of worship is ancient. And not only were wood panels used for wall covering or for installing wood ceilings. Wood was also used in the entire structure of the building. In many cases, those primeval wood ceilings and wood walls have not made it to present day because of the deterioration produced by the passage of time, or because they ended up burning in fires. In many other cases they are still visible, however, and can be visited and enjoyed by lovers of this type of wood projects.
Today it is very rare for an architectural or decorative project of a church, temple or chapel not to use wood in any of its forms. From the installation of wood ceilings and wood panelling on walls, to the decorative use of wood slats.
In in a growing number of cases, the acoustics of the temple is demanding the use of acoustic material to allow for acoustic conditioning of the hall. So, we can see acoustic ceilings of sound-absorbent wood panels, and also acoustic panels on walls, columns and other areas which use some type of wood panelling.
In addition, in order to create a warm, inviting ambiance for meditation and prayer, there is a growing use of decorative solutions such as the installation of walls and coatings made with wood slats, or the use of FR doorsand soundproof doors with a wood finish. And of course, wood continues to be the most common material used in manufacturing benches, confessionals, lecterns, and other numerous elements used to furnish churches and chapels.
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