Building Z18 Church Building Zuidkamp

Built as a church building and relaxation area for the staff of the Zuidkamp, now used as a private home. To make it suitable for private residence, many adjustments have been made, but with respect for the historical value of the building, so that characteristic elements have been preserved. The shutters on the facade, the entrance with arch and the clock tower are still original. Part of the window frames has been replaced.

Zuidkamp
The Luftwaffe built Fliegerhorst Twente with the starting point that it should not stand out from the sky. The runways were painted green and arable crops were used on the adjacent grass.
The Zuidkamp was next to the Prins Bernhardpark an area with various alloy buildings such as a hospital, canteen, shelters, church, garages, etc. The setup was deliberately spacious, twice as large as the former Lonneker, which forced many families to move. The buildings were designed in a standardized way and had to pass for Twente farms. The building style, however, was German, not Twents, but from the air it didn't hurt. The Luftwaffe had a preference for a bright red brick with walls of 55 cm, which were considered shard-resistant. Sometimes the local architectural style was copied, such as a gable roof or top facades. The shutters in front of the windows were painted green / red / white (four triangles) to make it look more like farms. In reality, these were steel shutters, to protect the windows against shards.

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  • Text: Alex Ossel
  • Photos: Alex Ossel