Last Sunday, Lillian Le, a young Australian architect living in Belgium, made these wonderful pictures of "Reading between the lines", a project by the duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration between Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs (Leuven, 1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Leuven, 1983).
To me, the snow covered rural Borgloon, in the Flemish province of Limburg, enhances the beauty of the gorgeous setting and of Lillian's photos.
The design is based on the local church and the construction consists of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns. It is built on a fundament of armed concrete. Through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art.
The project received the building of the year 2012 prize by ArchDaily in the category religious architecture.