Artistic See-through Church Created By Belgian Architects “Reading Between the Lines”

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‘Reading between the lines’ is a project of the duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs (Leuven, 1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Leuven, 1983). Since 2007, they have realized projects in the public space that depart from their architectural background, but that have an artistic intention.Their projects do not always originate from the initiative of a classic client, and carry a high degree of autonomy.

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His main concerns are experiment, reflection, a physical relationship with the final result and the input of the viewer.’Reading between the lines’ is part of ‘pit’, an artistic trajectory with works by a dozen artists from the region of Borgloon-Heers (in the Flemish province of Limburg).

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‘Pit’ will be the first part of the Z-OUT exhibition project, an initiative in which Z33, the contemporary art museum in the city of Hasselt, presents art in public space. This “church” is made up of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, and is built on a foundation of reinforced concrete.

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Through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art.Reading between the lines’ can be read as a reflection on architectural subjects such as scale, plant, etc., but the project also emphatically transcends the strictly architectural.

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After all, the church does not have a well-defined function and it focuses on the visual experience of itself (it could even be considered a line drawing in space).

At the same time, construction demonstrates that this experience is indeed a consequence of design, since it refers explicitly to the various stages of its conception: design drawing, model.Apart from that, because the church does not comply Its classic function, can be read as a reflection on the heritage related to the little use of the churches of the area (and its reuse as artistic potential).