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Andijk (NH): Gereformeerde kerk (E. Reitsma, 1929)

 

 

 
When 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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