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Reading between the lines: a church sculpture by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

This peculiar work is a ten-meter structure consisting of 100 stacked boxes and 2000 columns of steel plates, placed in such a way that visitors are allowed to walk almost through their walls.

Today we brought you one of Architect-US’ favourite projects: Reading between the lines, a see-through church in the Belgian region of Haspengouw, built in 2011 by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh.

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Picture by Kristof Vrancken

This peculiar work borne by a collaboration between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh is a ten-meter structure consisting of 100 stacked boxes and 2000 columns of steel plates, placed in such a way that visitors are allowed to walk almost through their walls.

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Picture by Kristof Vrancken

From a distance, according to the perspective, the structure has the form of a classical church which, reflecting the light in it, gives us the sensation of transforming or dissolving before our eyes.

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Picture by Kristof Vrancken

So the image of the transparent church depends on the position of the sun, the time of day and the direction of sunlight. A play of light and shadow that, paradoxically, conveys a supernatural, almost religious feeling.

Picture by Filip Dujardin

The church is called Reading between the lines, a meaningful name full of significances that aimes us to redefine our ideas about religion, the visible and the invisible that exists in our lives and the places we traditionally “use” to express our faith.

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Picture by Kristof Vrancken

It is part of a very ambitious art project that will be realised on different locations the next five years. It is called Z-OUT and was created by Z33, house for contemporary art based in Hasselt, Belgium.

Picture by Filip Dujardin

A true prodigy that has earned it to be awarded as the building of the year 2012  by Archdaily in the category of “Religious Architecture”.

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