Design & Construction

Facility = Function and Feeling

A local college recital hall, with a cool vibe, which was rented space. The challenge came in changing the interior of a new "older" facility the church acquired. .

The combination of physical elements and the emotions one experiences from their surroundings can shape the the comfort level from beginning to end.


Gary Zandstra  ·  September 14, 2017

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When you enter a church, or for that matter any building, you’ll have a visceral reaction to the entirety of the facility

You will have an emotional response as well as a physical response to the space. 

An emotional response maybe to the pleasing colors in the space. 

A physical response maybe the goose bumps that cover your arms from the super chilled air.  Both of these responses are natural and also important.

I have previously written about the power of scent in a space.  I have also written about traffic patterns in a facility these are both very important things that influence how you react and interact with the facility. 

To clarify my word usage I will use feelings for emotion and functional for physical.

Currently, I am attending a startup church. We are less than a year old and have been blessed to move into our own building. 

We were meeting at a local college in a room that had a real cool vibe.  The space we were in was a recital hall that seated 300 people. It had lots of wood and warm finishes.

The new to us space was built in 2005, seats 400, and feels a little sterile.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gary Zandstra
Gary’s newest venture The Experience gives him the opportunity to help the local church using his vast experience in facilities and production.
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