There's Less To This Belgian Church Than Meets The Eye

From far away, this church looks like any of the other Christian houses of worship that dot the Belgian region of Haspengouw. But step closer and the building slowly dissolves into the landscape.

“Reading Between the Lines” is a see-through church, the project of young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, who say the 33-foot structure is meant to be a statement about the way Belgians see religion today. Nearly one-third of Belgians don’t identify with a specific religion, according to the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University.

Belgium has many little parish churches, but because of declining attendance, the architects say these churches are falling into disuse. They wanted to highlight this "emptying-out" of churches, and the possibilities of reusing these buildings for art.

“Our ambition was to create construction as a memory: sometimes concrete, sometimes vague,” the architects, who work collectively as Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, told The Huffington Post in an email.

Check out more of the team's work here.



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