The history of church architecture has varied much over the course of the last few centuries; many early era buildings are still used today, serving as both functional and aesthetic structures. At Advantage Church Chairs, we carry a full line of inventory that is ideal for any setting and design layout. Having enough seats available to seat every member comfortably can be a challenge, especially in close quarters. In any event, it is helpful to know how churches are laid out when it comes to arranging seating, tables, and other furniture pieces.
The Anatomy of Churches
The Basilica is one of the earliest forms of architecture used in constructing churches, and has been deemed the standard Christian church style for well over 1,500 years. Introduced by the Romans, these buildings feature a large rectangular hall with a steep, gable style roof. On the opposite end of the entrance is a space called the apse, a semi-circular expansion where the altar is typically located. The one predominant feature in the basilica is the presence of clerestories, the massive, angled windows (often having stained glass), which allow a lot of light into the hall.
The Latin Cross and Central Plan Design
As more people became participating members in the Christian faith, builders redesigned the basilica to accommodate these numbers. Churches outfitted with the Latin Cross design closely reflect their traditional counterparts but include the addition of two side rooms known as transepts. On the other hand, the central plan steered away from the rectangular shape and featured a square setup with a dome roof. The apse was still included, but the congregation was closer together.
The Move to Modernity and Beyond
While architectural trends have historically been affected by societal changes, interestingly enough the design of Christian churches did not reveal major alterations in appearance until recently. There are many modernist patterns that contrast with traditional styles. For instance, the JubileeChurch located in Rome could easily be mistaken for a commercial building, as it features curved lines and a wall of glass windows on the front entrance. It also has three large, curved shell pieces, which due to their angle allow sunlight to enter in various ways.
Churches have been a central component since the dawn of civilization. Their design styles have changed relatively little for the better part of the last millennium, although, we have definitely noticed a departure from the traditional design. For owners of these modern types of designs, knowing the style of seating to choose can be difficult. Fortunately, Advantage Church Chairs has everything you need to make any space work.