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OBBA | 2018

The Floating Island is a unique experience on the canals near the Snaggaardbrug. With this structure, the Korean architectural firm OBBA wished to create additional public (active) space within the Bruges city centre. Together with the Bruges architectural workshop Dertien12, OBBA has designed a floating platform that covers more than 100 square metres. The installation is surrounded by green islands and is open to the public. You can stroll along the bank or take a little break to enjoy the surroundings; elastic nets that simultaneously serve as supports and can be used as hammocks or couches that lean right over the water. With this installation, OBBA crosses the border between the street and the canals. The floating island breaks through the square, vertical bank with a soft, flowing transition to a navigable waterway.





Sojung Lee studied at Ewha Womans University and the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she participated in a wide range of projects such as OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in the Netherlands and Mass Studies in Seoul. She has taught at Seoul National University and Hongik University and currently teaches at Yonsei University. Sangjoon Kwak is a graduate of Yonsei University of Architectural Engineering. He built his career at YEON Architects and Mass Studies. He is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Hongik University.

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