Reading between the lines or the see-through church in Borgloon

Reading between the lines

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Borgloon, road between Sint-Truidersteenweg and Romeinse Kassei

2011

See-through church

This artwork has been on my wish list for some time. On a trip to Tongeren and Genk I was finally able to admire it … It has been given the title of “Reading beetween the lines”, but see-through church is also good. From a distance it looks like a small church. The type example of a West European church. As you get closer, it becomes clear that it is more of a work of art.

Cortensteel

The church is made up of corten steel plates, stacked on top of each other in layers. It would be 100 layers (I didn’t count them) or 30 tons of steel. Everything, including the 2000 columns, is on a reinforced concrete slab. The total height is 10 meters. Each plate is 10 mm thick and the space between the plates is 90 mm. The plates are less wide at the location of the windows and more light seems to fall in there.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

The project was designed by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, this is not one person, but two: Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. Both architect and since 2007 engaged in art flirting with architecture. At least I’m a fan. Within a few weeks a second project from them will probably appear here on the website; o)

See-through church Borgloon

 

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Borgloon, road between Sint-Truidersteenweg and Romeinse Kassei

2011

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