Expansion church

Expansion church
  • Culture
  • Public
  • Interior
  • Restoration
  • New construction

Middenbeemster church has been extended with a new volume to support its co-purpose as a community centre. The newbuild contains facilities to support the church: a foyer, a kitchen, toilets, rehearsal space, an office and youth spaces. The extension has been partly sunk into the slope and has been designed in a sober style using an anthracite colour scheme.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Middenbeemster was designed in renaissance style by Hendrick de Keyser in 1615, soon after the polder was drained. The building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Beemster and has been recently restored. The church acts as a community centre - in addition to church services, it hosts exhibitions, meetings and concerts.

  • Design: 2006
  • Client: Protestant Municipality of Beemster
  • Location: Middenbeemster
  • Delivery: 2012
View of expansion and church
Abstract extension, sunk in the slope

A new volume containing additional amenities has been realised adjacent to the listed building.
In terms of location and size, the volume is subordinate to the monumental church - it is sunk into the slope.

The new building refers to the local Beemster architecture, but features contemporary materialisation and detailing.

Pavilion connection to the church
New access door to the extension

The exterior consists of a natural stone basement, a completely transparent ground floor and a timber-cladded roof covered with ceramic slates. The interior of the roof is completely covered with timber and fitted with a top light. A sprung glass corridor connects the extension to the monumental church building.

Interior church
Pavilion inside
Rear pavilion

Project team

Janneke Bierman Joep van As Henk van Laarhoven Job Schroën Stephan Kentie Rolf van Boxmeer

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