Apostolic church (now mosque)

Witte de Withstraat 96
De Krommert
Th. Rueter, H.F. Sijmons
Tram 7, halte Van Kinsbergenstraat
Inventaris archief Rueter, Bibliotheek Nederlands Architectuur instituut Rotterdam; Buch, Joseph, Een eeuw Nederlandse architectuur, 1880-1990, NAi uitgevers, Rotterdam 1993.

Church building on street corner

H.F. Sijmons and T. Rueter designed the Apostolic Church for a site next to a block with dwellings built to a design by Westerman. The church and the block do not fit in with each other and there is no connection between them, because the side wall of the housing block is a blind wall. The church was designed and built following the incorporation of the area by Amsterdam and before the other development in the vicinity was realized.

The architects had based their design on a different scale for the surrounding development. In the final result, the church gives the impression of being hemmed in. Because the block on Witte de Withstraat was set back in relation to the building line, this gave rise to a square-like widening in front of the church. Sijmons and Rueter incorporated influences from Berlage and Wright in the building, for example, in the way in which space and composition have been handled. The architects designed the church from the inside to the outside. The most important element was the central hall, to which other spaces were added. This structure is clearly recognizable on the exterior in the composition of the mainly closed facade surfaces. On the exterior, the emphasis is on the entrance to the church itself and not the church tower, which stands unobtrusively next to the building. As a result, and because of the spatial structure, the building is suited to its current use as a mosque. (ARCAM/NH)