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Dutch Reformed Church additions, Heuwelsig, Boemfontein

(2012/2013)

For its 50th anniversary, as well as member-growth, the church upgraded its facilities (original face brick design by Hans Koorts, 1968).

Conceptually four ideas were introduced in the design:

  • a datum (ordering device) in the form of the Early Christian courtyard;

  • the existing church’s floating roof/ rhythmic vertical panels with small square windows were echoed;    

  • the interior of the church and the new foyer form a clear line enforcing the Early Christian concept of the path motive (α & Ω);

  • two tower elements (entrance and chapel) were added to symbolize, together with the tall existing tower, the holy trinity.