SelgasCano Designs a Floating Temporary Pavilion for a Belgian Canal

The pavilion is one of 15 installations in the triennial, which runs through September 16. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Eleven architects, engineers, and fabricators led by

15 days of installation

100+ custom steel pieces

4,300 square feet of vinyl sheets

Rendering courtesy of SelgasCano.
Rendering courtesy of SelgasCano.
To build SelgasCano Pavilion, part of the “Triennale Brugge 2018: Liquid City” in Belgium, architecture firm SelgasCano had fabricators clamp steel rods to a structure floating on the Coupure canal. Photography courtesy of SelgasCano.
The custom rods were welded to the steel structure on-site. Photography courtesy of SelgasCano.
Fabricators used a ladder and scaffolding to place vinyl sheets over the rods, securing them with nylon rope. Photography courtesy of SelgasCano.
Excess vinyl was trimmed by a fabricator working from a raft. Photography courtesy of SelgasCano.
The canopy is 16 feet tall at its highest point, its colors chosen to match the surrounding buildings. Photography by Iwan Baan.
During summer months, a painted spruce platform allows swimmers to jump directly into the canal. Photography by Iwan Baan.
LED fixtures provide supplemental light. Photography by Iwan Baan.

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