Zeist (U): Nieuwe Kerk (J.M. Paap en J.J.
van Straalen, 1925-1927)
the Reformed built few churches in a truly expressive form of
Expressionism, the Nieuwe Kerk ('new church') in Zeist is an important
exception. It was designed by local architects J.M. Paap and J.J. van
Straalen and is probably their only church.
The starting point for the design was the idea that the pulpit should
be at the center of attention. The architects chose an unconventional
solution; they designed a ground plan made up of three rectangular
spaces, which all
pointed to the same direction. Seen from the air, the church is shaped
like an arrow. At the front is a tall tower.
The whole church is in the expressionist style of the Amsterdam School,
with its typical decorative use of brickwork.