Located in Knock, Co. Mayo at the historical site of Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock Basilica is the destination for over 1.5 million pilgrims each year. Woodfit are proud to have provided an extensive custom acoustic fit-out for the multi award winning “Witness to Hope” refurbishment project.
Woodfit provided interior wooden ceiling and wall linings; the desired acoustic performance was achieved using a combination of flat (non-acoustic) and perforated (acoustic) panels.
Oak wood was chosen to transform the space, which had had little refurbishment work in the 40 years since it’s opening, from a cold, harsh space to a warm, meditative one.
The centrepiece of the fit-out was a contemporary take on the vaulted ceiling, sitting high above the central altar, providing excellent acoustic performance and flooding the space with natural light. The clean, minimalist lines of this stunning feature conceal the complex structure engineered by Woodfit to achieve the effect.
The refurbishment won multiple awards including the Interior Architectural Project of the Year at the Irish Design and Build Awards, 2016.
Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock
“After months of planning and preparation, to the actual physical work being carried out to the final artistic elements, the Basilica refurbishment has been a long and inspirational journey for us. It is phenomenal to be able to step back and see all involved gaining such great recognition for their talent and accomplishments. We are very happy to share in this proud moment with them.”Father Richard Gibbons