Gijs Van Vaerenbergh – See-through Church

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh - a church

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh is a partnership founded by Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. They have been collaborating since 2007. Their works include installations, constructions and architectural projects that have a mutual reaction with their surroundings. They have constructed a transparent, see-through church in the Belgian region of Haspengouw. It is a 10 meter structure made of 100 stacked layers and 2000 columns of steel plates, positioned in such a way as to allow visitors to almost walk through the walls. The play of light and shadow is the most interesting aspect which creates a feeling of spirituality and supremacy conveying religious emotionalism. According to the position of the Sun, the church interior and the perception of the viewer changes during different times of the day. The project is called “Reading between the Lines” – as the title displays, the burden of transparency is not only on the church, or on the artwork, but on the spectator as well, who must learn to read between the lines.


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