CHURCH DESIGN

EVEN A CHURCH SHOULD USE THE SUNS RESOURCES and MINIMISE ITS FOOTPRINT IN ITS ECOLOGY.

THE SITE LAYOUT:

With water as a diminishing resource in WA and the intensity of suns rays affecting the comfort of its inhabitants during the summer months it is imperative as especially for a church that every step is taken to reduce not only the carbon footprint but to reduce the use of heating during the winter months while allowing for proper ventilation and natural cooling during those hotter days without the aid of air-conditioning units.

The Western Australian Chin Christian Church Inc. is one such church who has taken the responsible attitude and allowed passive solar design to their new church in Bennett Springs.

The concept is for a large Auditorium to house 400 worshippers allowing for an entrance foyer for about 150 people and an adjacent social hall to hold Sunday school classes and double as a recreation hall for social gatherings such as funerals and weddings spilling out to a large Alfresco.

The site is a large  some 27000m2 of otherwise country real estate. Its neighbours include a chicken farm one end of the road and a mosque the opposite end of the road.

The road travels North with the property to the East which provides for a easy viewing of the property as studies have shown that around 92% of people move to the right anyway it is easier for most people to turn their heads to the right.

Site Plan from Nearmaps

Note the patches of blue around the southern side of the building, these are evaporative ponds designed to cool air as it moves through the building. The car parking layout is also designed ensuring there is minimum solar gain to the building so parking to the east is separated by grass and planted areas. Parking areas can build up heat by reason of the material they are finished with and they act as solar store systems which can raise the temperature dramatically around a building.

THE VISUAL APPEAL OF ANY BUILDING NEEDS TO ALLOW FOR AN ENTRANCE:

View to church from car park

Car parking with trees help minimise the effect of solar gain.

Car Parks attract solar gain by reason of the material used to seal the areas and so it is imperative to reduce that effect wherever possible with the use of trees which can also give much needed shade to the motor vehicles. This design provides for the majority of car parking to the west and the eastern car park is separated from the building with planting or grass which acts as a thermal break to the building.

AN INTERIOR PERSPECTIVE OF THE AUDITORIUM:

Auditorium looking to Pulpit

The Pulpit is set back with a stage and baptismal pool centered.

Note the low windows to the right, these are positioned just above the evaporation ponds and will bring cooler air into the building to reduce the temperature to comfortable levels.

 


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