Double Square Chamber as Anecoic Space

As you can see in the illustration, there is an imperfect but instantly recognizable double square design to the floor plan incorporating the acoustical damping property of the golden ratio. In fact, this same double square is found in the design of many medieval cathedrals and ancient temples, such as the Greek Parthenon and Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid. Masonic lodges and Mormon temples also use the double square. I first learned of its importance in acoustics when I studied Rosslyn chapel in Scotland, documented in my second book The Venus Blueprint.

This particular design, which is sometimes complemented by a ceiling height of phi x length, was considered a sacred space due to its unique ability to suppress echoes while still allowing voice and chant to resonate cleanly. In short, it facilitates communication which was a very practical property in highly reflective stone temples. But the double square was also considered holy, I believe, because it balances resonance against damping. It is harmonious with nature.

Notice also in the diagram the pillars are aligned to a smaller inner square that defines the high altar or Holy of Holies. Additional golden sections of this inner square were used to set the pillar widths, stair widths, and altar area along the eastern wall. There are more golden sections to be found here, but these are the most obvious.

In those days, a sacred space was a naturally acoustic space conducive to spoken word and religious chant. Now churches are just built to maximize audience seating and amplifiers are used to be heard.