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.

Photos by Kyungsub Shin