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Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
Architects: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh Location: Looz, Limburg, Belgium Stability: Ney&Partners Execution: Cravero bvba (steal) / MEG (fundaments) Initiator: Provincie Limburg / Z33 Year: 2011 Photographs: Filip Dujardin ‘Reading between the lines’ is a project by the duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs (Leuven, 1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Leuven, 1983). Since 2007, they have been realizing projects in public space together that start from their architectural background, but have an artistic intention. Their projects do not always originate out of the initiative of a classical client, for example, and carry a large degree of autonomy. Their primary concerns are experiment, reflection, a physical involvement with the end result and the input of the viewer. ‘Reading between the lines’ is part of ‘pit’, an artistic trajectory with works by some ten artists in the region of Borgloon-Heers (in the Flemish province of Limburg).

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