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Offline 88Devin12

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Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« on: July 01, 2008, 08:01:50 PM »
Hey all, I thought i'd start a new/fresh discussion...

One of my hopes is to become an architect and eventually design Orthodox Churches as well as smaller homes.

So I was wondering, what advice does everyone have on designing Orthodox Churches (as though I were doing it now)?

Also, just curious, does anyone attend a church of about 250? If so, how big is it? If possible, could you give me the dimensions of the nave?

In a world of increasing construction costs (at least in the U.S.) it becomes more and more difficult to construct traditional Orthodox churches in this country. How could we overcome the costs?

Lastly, is it better to have smaller churches or many large ones? Should they be concentrated in urban areas and rural towns or in suburbs?

Also, feel free to share your favorite things about Orthodox churches or beautiful exteriors/interiors

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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 08:49:12 PM »
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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2008, 01:18:37 PM »
^ Beautiful. I enjoyed very much seeing the churches in Europe. They were built to last.
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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 09:39:13 PM »
What type of flooring should be in the altar area of the church? carpet, wood, marble etc?

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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2010, 01:44:40 AM »
What type of flooring should be in the altar area of the church? carpet, wood, marble etc?

Something that is easy to clean wax and oil spills from.  Seriously, carpet would be a disaster.
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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2010, 09:40:12 AM »
What type of flooring should be in the altar area of the church? carpet, wood, marble etc?

Something that is easy to clean wax and oil spills from.  Seriously, carpet would be a disaster.

The altar at my parish (~70 years old) is carpet. We are thinking of changing it. From your experience, what is the ideal flooring, if there is no Traditional flooring?

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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2010, 11:51:50 AM »
I would suggest, depending on the building itself, that you could have tile, or even concrete (though it would be stained to look nicer). It just depends, carpet is generally a bad idea, not just because of stains, wax and incense, but also because it dampens sound significantly.

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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2016, 12:29:08 PM »
Having spent 2nd or 3rd Christmas in a row in a church with a temp. of like 3oC and no adequate toilet I have a suggestion that church architects should be obliged to attend the church they designed every Sunday and mayor feast for two years. That maybe would make them learn something, designing churches for example.
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2016, 01:39:54 PM »
One thing the church I attend services at lacks is a separate room for hanging coats, etc. That leads to a bit of disruption in winter (-33C this morning) when people take off coats and children's coats, boots in winter.

Carpeting is a difficult issue: from cleaning I know about the wax drip problem. But as there are no carpets over the stone floors for prostrations in my church, knees take a beating.

Perhaps it doesn't bother others, but it's all but impossible to hear the bells from inside my church before and during services in winter when all doors and windows are shut.

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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2016, 01:49:42 PM »
One thing the church I attend services at lacks is a separate room for hanging coats, etc. That leads to a bit of disruption in winter (-33C this morning) when people take off coats and children's coats, boots in winter.

With -30 outside we would have -15 inside a church. And I was to a DL like that.

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Carpeting is a difficult issue: from cleaning I know about the wax drip problem. But as there are no carpets over the stone floors for prostrations in my church, knees take a beating.

And your feet freeze.
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Re: Orthodox Church Design and Architecture...
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2016, 11:00:06 PM »
What type of flooring should be in the altar area of the church? carpet, wood, marble etc?

Depends on where the church is. In the forests of Siberia the floors are wooden, Greece - Marble, America some are carpeted.