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Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk
Ritchie, Northern Cape

Johannes Marthinus Jacob KOORTS: Architect

Date:1964
Type:Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Church
Style:Contemporary
Style:Expressionist
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
29°02'16.86" S 24°36'06.78" E Alt: 1115m

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This church epitomizes and is used as an exemplar by Koorts as demonstrating his architectural principles for the design of the contemporary Reformed Church (Koorts, 1974:129):

1 . Vertikale bou-orde geskep deur vertikale elemente soos kolomme, hoe mure, nisse ens.
2. Skynbare onbegrensdheid geskep deur opbreek van begrensende vlakke of ander metodes.
3. Horisontale gerigtheid deur ritmiese aanwending van elemente in ‘n parallelle rigting.
4. Ligspeling: beligting van vlakke, kontraste tussen lig en skadu en gekleurde weer­kaatsinge.
5. Toegepaste kuns in die vorm van Christelike siermotiewe.

English translation

1. Vertical building order created by vertical elements such as columns, high walls, niches etc.
2. Apparent limitlessness created by the breaking down of boundary planes or by other means.
3. Horizontal alignment by rhythmic application of elements in a parallel direction.
4. Light play: lighting levels, contrasts between light and shade and colored reflections.
5. Applied art in the form of Christian ornamental motifs [Christograms].


Writings about this entry

Koorts, Johannes Marthinus Jacob. 1974. Beginsels van gereformeerde kerkbou. Bloemfontein: Sacum. pg 115, 116 ill., 117 ill., 118 ill., 119 ill., 120, 122, 124-127