Detail: Reading Between the Lines for a Church Made of Metal

Reading between the Lines, an installation by Belgian architecture firm Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

The installation consists of 100 layers of metal plates spaced apart with short columns.

Isometric drawing

Section detail showing the church divided into sections for crane lifts.

A team of two to three people needed one week to organize the 33 tons of Cor-Ten steel pieces by their layer number.

The installation contains 2,000 columns, or spacers, between the layers.

The team welded the layers and columns into groups that the crane could lift into place on site.

Workers bolted the base layer of metal to the installation's concrete foundation.

Assembling the shop-welded sections into place took just one day.

The completed installation in its pastoral landscape

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh located the spacers approximately 30 to 90 centimeters apart with a tolerance of plus-or-minus 15 to 30 centimeters to avoid creating a pattern.

Inside the installation

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