Triennale Brugge 2018 OBBA The Floating Island foto Matthias Desmet

The Floating Island

OBBA made room for a new walk, right on the water, that allowed you to experience the city from a whole new perspective.

The Floating Island was 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 Architectuuratelier Dertien12, OBBA designed a floating platform that covers more than 100 square metres. The installation was surrounded by green islands and open to the public. You could stroll along the bank or enjoy the surroundings; elastic nets that simultaneously served as supports and could be used as hammocks or couches that leaned right over the water. With this installation, OBBA crossed the border between the street and the canals. The Floating Island broke 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.