LIVING FAITH CHURCH, AWKA TOWARDS EFFECTIVE ACOUSTIC CONTROL IN CHURCH BUILDINGS IN NIGERIA

AUTHOR:  EMEKOMA, UGOCHUKWU G.

DEPARTMENT: ARCHITECTURE

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA.

The role of effective acoustics in church buildings cannot be over emphasized. Many church buildings have been grappling with the discomfort caused by the poor circulation of sound in their main auditoria. This has not just become a recurring menace in church buildings that are not purpose built but also in purpose built church buildings. The hearing experience in worship facilities has been deemphasized while visual impressions have taken center place. This thesis has identified the problem of poor transmission and production of sounds in the Living Faith Church, Awka. Interaction with worshippers, personal experience and simple tests lend credence to this fact. This is true in some other church buildings. This study, in response to the peculiarities of Pentecostal churches suggests ways of ensuring that conscious efforts are made by designers to see that sound level in church buildings is within human comfort range, while maintaining high quality of transmitted sound within, and isolating unwanted sounds from surrounding areas and adjoining facilities. Consequently, architectural solutions have been proffered through the design – plan shape, internal geometry and materials.

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