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I am An Michiels, architect on a detour.

I write editorial contributions with a focus on design, interiors and architecture
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Cutting the context - Gijs Van Vaerenbergh - AKT

Cutting the context - Gijs Van Vaerenbergh - AKT

Cutting the context
a study by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

In the tranquil Flemish village of Hooglede, located in the scarred landscape that was once a battleground of the First World War, architects Gijs Van Vaerenbergh have created ‘Six Vaults’, a new entrance pavilion for a German war cemetery. In a series of stills, photographer Piet-Albert Goethals frames the spatial qualities of the pavilion. His images bring a clarity to the complexity of this dynamic structure. What’s more, clarity and complexity are not the only unexpected opposites at play here. The pavilion looks both sacred and playful, rough and refined and one could spend some time contemplating whether it is art, architecture, or both.

Published October 2018
Editorial for AKT magazine issue 1: Read full article including interview with Pieterjan Gijs
Words: An Michiels
Photos: Piet-Albert Goethals

AKT magazine
AKT is an independent magazine in search for greatness in a small corner, abstraction in the mass, with a keen eye for timeless aesthetics and a nod to Belgium's creative landscape of architecture, design, fashion, food and beyond.

From the inside out - Thomas Haarmann - AKT

From the inside out - Thomas Haarmann - AKT

Stiching & Atelier Luc Peire in Knokke - RR Paper

Stiching & Atelier Luc Peire in Knokke - RR Paper