• Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Bamboo panelling and ceiling.

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Acoustic ceiling made of pieces of bamboo solid panel installed edges

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Acoustic ceiling made of bamboo multiply veneer planks.

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Covering of stairs and solid bamboo flooring in choir

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    General views of curved bamboo ceiling of the Oratory

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    General views of curved bamboo ceiling of the Oratory

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Floor to ceiling bamboo doors in confesionals

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Curved bamboo panelling in the entrance to Assembly Hall

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Acoustic ceiling slotted made of plywood finished in bamboo and machining workshop

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Bamboo panelling and ceiling in Assembly Hall

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    General view of Assembly Hall

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

  • Carbonized horizontal bamboo panelling and ceiling.

    Bamboo details

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