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A church you can see through


Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Daniel Esparza - published on 05/22/17

A church made of 100 layers and 2,000 columns of steel stands 10 meters high in Belgium.

For evident reasons, Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh named their project “reading between the lines.” This church, which is made of 100 layers and 2,000 columns of steel, stands 10 meters high in Haspengouw, in Belgium. It is part of a bigger project which aims to introduce contemporary art and architecture in different places around the Flemish area of Limburg in the next five years, according to the note published by

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Depending on where the visitor stands, the church seems to change its shape. It might look like a massive, enclosed building or might seem to “dissolve in the landscape,” allowing the visitor to see all the surrounding countryside. Even if the church is inspired by traditional models one finds all around Belgium, its materials and open structure make it a unique building.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

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