Reformed Worship Buildings: Architectural and Theological Meanings - Centenary Lecture

Professor Bernard Reymond, University of Lausanne

The author examines examples of Reformed church architecture in Switzerland and elsewhere, and finds that they conform in general to a 'choral square', proposing that the reformed worshipping congregation is firstly a choral congregation and only secondly a hearing congregation. This model not only enables communion but allows communication, eye contact, better singing. The reasons for the later length-wise organisation are examined. The characteristics of recent Reformed buildings are then appraised.

Volume 34 Pentecost 1998, p1