Oratory and Assembly Hall in Retamar School

Architects: Hermoso & Heimannsfeld arquitectos

Building company: Construcciones Ruesma

Woodworks: Iroko wooden walkways, steps and wooden railings, principal door to the castle.

The new Oratory of Retamar School appears as a green zinc roof over a base of bricks.

Thin sheets of bamboo plywood, extremely flexible, cover the three ruled surfaces of the ceiling of the Oratory, which is fractionated by triangular skylights that conduct light to the presbytery. The curved ceiling becomes different walls panelling in bamboo.

Bamboo further strengthens the spatial continuity of the whole, gives it a very unique warmth and improve the acoustics of the space for singing, speech and prayer.

Photografy: Javier Orive