Converting Space: Changes in the liturgical spaces of the Reformed Churches of Bloemfontein
This article aims to define the relationship between church building design and liturgical space. Since various Christian denominations are experiencing fundamental change in liturgy and expression of their faith, the buildings that house these institutions necessarily have to reflect this. In the city of Bloemfontein, this is also evident.
The correlation between the liturgical needs of the different denominations, the changes in these needs and in the space itself, is investigated. The various mainstream church buildings in Bloemfontein are compared in terms of original space and changed liturgical space. Restructuring has taken place in the services of specific congregations, especially in the Dutch Reformed Church. This has led to the most significant changes in liturgy and hence in liturgical space in the buildings of this denomination. This paper describes the extent of these changes in the space, the impact of the original design on the level of change (if any) and the result this has on the original design. Case studies are used to illustrate these changes in depth.
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