Reading Between the Lines

‘Reading between the lines’ is an archtectural venture by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration of young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. Their primary concerns are experiment, reflection, and a physical involvement with the end result. This building is based on a local church consisting of 30 tons of steel, 2000 columns, and is built on a plinth of armed concrete.

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The ‘church’ constitutes many layered horizontal planes, as a consequence the building can appear as a bulky mass or it can disappear into the landscape depending on the perspective of the viewer. The project derives its name ‘Reading Between the Lines’ from this partial view of the surroundings through the building, into the building and out of the building, playing with the shifting visual permeability.

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