St Annes Church, Wanganui

Mark Southcombe, BSM Group Architects, Wanganui Office

The design for St Annes Church uses simply supported laminated timber roof beams onto a hidden steel portal and ring frame structure. It has a clear-finished plywood ceiling. The reasons for specifying and using the materials are as follows.

Acoustics were an important factor for our ceiling specification. A good church requires a hard reflective ceiling to provide optimal acoustic reflections. Speech should be readily heard. Music and singing should be supported by the acoustic environment.

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