A superfluous church in Bossuit, Belgium, originally built to replace a church destroyed in World War I, is made into an artificial ruin to create an outdoor public space for a village. The new terrazzo floor includes drawings both of the elements that were removed during demolition (pillars, ceiling arches, altars etc.) and of the shadow of the ruins of the church that previously occupied the site
St. Amalberga Church (view at the end of World War I), Bossuit, Belgium. Photographer unknown.
St. Amalberga Church (exterior view in 2009), Bossuit, Belgium. Photograph: Ellen Harvey.
St. Amalberga Church (interior view in 2009), Bossuit, Belgium. Photograph: Ellen Harvey.
Repeat (St. Amalberga, Bossuit, Belgium) (details), 2013. Partially demolished church, terrazzo, 16.4 m (54 ft.) x 24.8 m (81 ft.). Commissioned by the Municipality of Avelgem in collaboration with the Vlaams Bouwmeester Team. Photograph: Ria Pacquee. Architect: Pol Sileghem & Partners. Terrazzo fabrication: Nino Tondat. Photograph: Ria Pacquee.