A collaboration between two young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh has seen this magestic see-through church built in the Belgian region of Haspengouw. The church was built as part of the Z-OUT project of Z33 House for Contemporary Art. Based based in Hasselt, Belgium. The project is a rather ambitious yet inspiring long term art in public space project that is set to be established across different locations in the region over the next five years. Based on a number of churches in the surrounding area and playing on the concept of transparency, the ten-meter high structure has been entirely constructed of stacked horizontal steel plates. The concept gives new meaning to the term 'reading between the lines' as the plates have been positioned in a way so that the church can either be viewed by visitors either as a traditional church structure or by standing from a different perspective, as a transparent object of art, unfolding into the landscape beyond. Likewise the play of light and shadow is an important aspect over the creation. Depending on what time of the day visitors are inside, the interior changes according to the position of the sun and the direction of the sun light, leaving the play of light and shadow to play emotions all on their own.
Of the project the architects noted: The application of steel – a rather bold material - metaphorically makes a statement about the bold relationship of church and religion in the Netherlands. The amount of churchgoers is constantly decreasing; the churches themselves are falling into disuse more and more often, therefore the future of these emptying and abandoned churches is a current issue among several artists.