|Architect||Ria Smit, Martin Kuitert e.a.|
|Office||Ria Smit architecten|
|Category||Commercieel, Religie, Voorziening, Wonen|
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Multi-denominational religious building
De Kandelaar is a collective building for a number of different religious organizations, and adjoins the Grubbehoeve flats complex. The building accommodates several religious communities that are active in Amsterdam Zuidoost and as such is unique for the Netherlands. It has five prayer halls with a total congregation capacity of 900 people. De Kandelaar also offers room to several community organizations, a day nursery and a Turkish restaurant.
Dutch society underwent rapid secularization during the final quarter of the twentieth century. The churches grew ever emptier and the need to build new churches vanished. For newly developed urban areas, this meant a complete absence of religious buildings. The Bijlmermeer district obeys its own rules, however. The presence of many different ethnic and religious minorities has meant a high level of demand for religious facilities. Because of the lack of purpose built churches, empty car parking garages and apartments were pressed into service. The Zuidoost Borough council decided to collaborate with the Rochdale housing organization and the property developers Delta Forte to build a multi-denominational building, in order to satisfy the demands of the whole local community.