Andijk (NH): Gereformeerde
kerk (E. Reitsma, 1929)
in the 1920's horticulture, more specifically the growing of bulbs, had
brought a major increase in prosperity, the gereformeerden of Andijk
decided to replace their old church by a new one. Architect E. Reitsma
was commissioned to design a new church of a size that could compete
with the catholic church of nearby Wervershoof. Reitsma designed a big
church in Expressionistic style, with a centralising main space covered
by a parabolic vault, and a tall tower. Attached to the church is a
vicarage. Brick and glass are the main materials used.
The church of Andijk is the absolute highlight in Reitsma's career. He
designed only one other church in a similar Expressionistic style, the
gereformeerde kerk in Weesp, which was built in 1928 and totally
destroyed by fire in 1968. After Andijk, Reitsma designed in a much
more Traditionalistic style.