Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout van Vaerenbergh – Belgian architects collectively known as Gijs van Vaerenbergh – have created this unique see-through church in Limburg, Belgium, entitled Reading Between the Lines. The church is constructed from 100 stacked layers of 2000 steel plates, measuring in at 10 meters high and creating beautiful patterns of shadows as the light falls on the beams.
Gijs van Vaerenbergh achieve a perfect balance between abstract architecture and art, between a building and outdoor art.
What’s intriguing is the contrast between the traditional – the typical form of the church – and the avant-garde – the fact that it can be looked through and is essentially just a shell rather than a building that can be occupied. This balance between function and aesthetics makes it stand out in the landscapes and beckons to be explored in detail.
As you walk around the church, fluctuating perspectives alter how the building looks, intermittently dissolving it in light, making it appear more whole, or creating abstract patterns of reflections.
The project was chosen by the Z33 gallery to participate in their Z-OUT programme, bringing art to public spaces in the Flemish region of Limburg.
Images courtesy of Kristof Vrancken.