10 Resilient Church Design Trends
This year began with promise. Businesses and individuals anticipated reaping the benefits of a surging economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in recent history. Now, almost five months into 2020, the COVID19 pandemic has radically changed the landscape of society, affecting every single person. The second half of 2020 has yet to be written. It’s certain that resiliency will be a driving force as we slowly begin to reopen our businesses and ease stay at home orders.Much is unknown, but we all acknowledge that we will return to a new normal. For Christians, the day when congregations can safely gather for corporate worship will be cause for celebration. Certainly, we’ve all developed a deeper appreciation for the familiar structures that house our church gatherings and ministries. Moving forward, how churches will operate is evolving before our eyes and as a result churches and campuses will evolve as well. In an unprecedented time, architects, builders, and designers each share some resilient and enduring trends that promise to influence the future of church design.
3) MORE INTIMATE WORSHIP ROOMSSeating sizes are getting smaller. While there are still larger worship spaces being built, we are seeing fewer rooms in the 3000+ seat range, with churches opting for smaller spaces. Many of these ministries are also going multi-campus to accommodate growth. We expect the smaller, multi-site venue to be a trend for churches post the COVID-19 pandemic. Balanced facilities around a 500-seat worship room are likely to be the norm.
LISA MASTELLER, PresidentSASSAFRAS STUDIOS
6) ANTIMICROBIAL FINISHES & DISINFECTANTSPublic safety will be the imminent concern in light of COVID 19. Some surfaces that help to cut down on the spread of microbials include: ChileWhich, Corian Solid Surfaces, PaperStone, Copper- Alloy, Epoxy and Petrified wood. From wall, counter surfaces and flooring, these materials have a natural antimicrobial property that lessen the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. In addition, companies like, The Fabric Shield have been able to address surface protection for both soft and hard materials by providing a layer of product that is remarkably safe and long lasting. It helps to keep materials new while giving a disinfectant component. 7) BIOPHILIC DESIGN This growing trend is about bringing the outside in. Using plants in creative ways is fast becoming a more accessible design component. Not only do plants lift the mood but they also help support cleaner air. There are a variety of ways to infuse a room with plant life. From large scale wall installs, to peppering plants throughout a space, the options are limitless. Introducing a living wall is undeniably pleasing to all ages and backgrounds.