Interior and Decoration Project of the Church in the Honor of St. John of Korma of the Holy Resurrection Parish in Minsk

The church in honor of the Holy Righteous John of Korma is located in the basement of the Holy Resurrection Church on Gamarnika Street in Minsk.

The height of the ceilings in the altar section is 3500 mm, and in the nave 3280 mm. The sanctuary is traditionally elevated by 100 mm from the rest of the church. The length of the temple along the central axis is 16830 mm, its width (on the solea) is 5920 mm. The temple has one central entrance located in the center of the northern wall, as well as three additional ones. There is also a doorway in the altar part on the south side. The western part is elevated by 180 mm.

The interior design provides for overlapping the central volume of the temple with a large cross vault, made of curved moisture-resistant gypsum fiber sheets on a hanging frame structure. There are flat ceilings in the western part and in the sanctuary. All ceilings are plastered. There is a dense fabric roller shutter system designed in the ceiling height difference between the central vault and the altar part (above the solea). When lowered, it is possible to close the altar barrier with the altar and use the temple space for Sunday school talks, meetings or festivities.

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Stylistically, the interior design is made in accordance with the Orthodox tradition in the Neo-Byzantine style. The project involves the use of natural materials. The stone may be either limestone or marble, which is preferable. All around the perimeter of the temple, except for the altar part, decorative carved stone panels with covering moldings and skirting boards below are designed to the height of 1030 mm. The carving has floral and symbolic cross-centric semantic character and is designed based on traditional Christian ancient designs. The doorways are framed by semicircular pilasters with carved bases and entasis, crowned by carved capitals and decorative arched architraves from above. From the western part of the temple there is an elevated place for the choir, which is fenced off by a trapezoid barrier with decorative panels and a wide cover molding, which can also be used as a lectern.

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There are kiots near the four supporting pillars adjoining the walls. They are also made of natural stone. Inside the kiots, there are wooden inserts in which icons are to be placed behind the glass. Above the kiots, where the walls meet the ceiling, stone skirting boards have been designed. Also, the upper skirting board, but with a smaller diameter, is provided in the western part of the temple. The altar part also has a skirting board between the walls and the ceiling.

Stone materials can be replaced by artificial composite materials, made by molding and casting and looking like natural stone.

The doors are wooden with decorative carving, partial glazing and overlays made of metal.

The altar barrier is planned to be made of natural stone, which is hinged on the supporting metal frame made of stainless steel. Deacon's doors are carved wood, the Royal Door is made of icon boards. Decorative images of angels with stained-glass inserts hang above the carved architrave along the deacon's doors' axes. Besides carving, the pilasters are decorated with brass elements. The brass carved inlay also crowns the central aperture.

The floor may be made of natural stone, or ceramic granite imitating stone, carved by water cutting. The central part of the drawing symbolizes the center of the world and the four interconnected rivers of paradise, united by one single line, creating an image of eternity.

3D furniture arrangement schemes,
floor pattern and interior items:
The lighting and power supply scheme involves hanging sconces in the places specified by the project and a central chandelier fixed in the middle of the cross ceiling vault. We have developed projects of sconces and the chandelier: they are supposed to be made of black metal with patination, as well as brass and stained glass inserts on the chandelier.

The altar furniture is designed in accordance with the ergonomics of the minister's movement during the service. The Holy Table was designed from natural stone with a carving of an Eucharistic Chalice with a square lid 1200×1200 mm and floral ornament on the four corners under it. The built-in oblation table and a table symmetrical to it for storing liturgical utensils were designed. On the northern wall of the altar, where the air output is made, there is a built-in box for the censer, made of metal with patination, brass inserts and stone moldings. There is a storage space at the bottom of the box, behind the doors.

In addition to the altar furniture made of stone and wood, the project includes wooden furniture with a developed design and carving patterns:

- altar lectern
- central analogion
- side analogions
- table
- lectern
- benches.


There is also a project of a baptismal font for children with a decorative stone finish and a cover wooden panel.
Here are the drawings of the furniture and details by hand:

Project Manager: Architect Dmitry Ostroumov
Artist: Irina Brel
3D modeler: Ilya Gololenko
Work with images and layout: Elena Shabad