The Nederlands Hervormde Kerk in Middenbeemster was designed in
1615 in renaissance style by Hendrick de Keyser shortly after the
reclamation of the polder. The building forms part of the Beemster
Unesco World Heritage site and it was recently restored. The church
functions as a community centre where, in addition to church
services, exhibitions, meetings and concerts are organised.
A new volume with supporting facilities was built next to the monument: a foyer, kitchen, toilets, and rehearsal, office and youth facilities. The extension is modestly designed in an austere, anthracite colour scheme. In terms of position and dimensions the volume is subordinate to the imposing church: it lies sunken in the mound. The new building makes reference to the local Beemster architecture, but has a contemporary form and structural detailing.
The exterior comprises a natural stone basement, a completely transparent ground floor and a timber roof covered with ceramic slates. Inside, the roof is panelled and has a skylight. A suspended, glazed passage connects the extensions with the listed church building.
Protestantse Gemeente Beemster
ABT, Adviesbureau voor bouwtechniek bv
Yield Engineering, installatietechniek
Strootman Landschapsarchitecten bv
Bouwbedrijf van Braam-Minnesma
1462 HL Middenbeemster