a roof that splits into two interwoven gable structures
‘brugge diptych’ takes shape as a wooden temporary pavilion conceived by PARA project for the 2021 brugge triennale in belgium, addressing issues in urban trauma. although the structure seems to have a typical gable silhouette that discreetly blends into the surrounding morphology, with a second glance from proper angles, passers-by can recognize its uncanny form; a roof that splits into two interwoven structures.
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brugge diptych reflects urban concerns
designed as a gathering space for the triennale’s event, the design team at PARA project responded to the concept of urban concerns. exploring the thin line between dream and trauma, the structure is a fusion of imagination, beauty yet complexity. its uncanny silhouette reflects the charm of the city, as an ideal destination for travelers, but simultaneously poverty, loneliness, and fear are hidden behind.
the resulting structure is anchored within brugge’s peripheral and residential waterways, mimicking the shape of the neighboring dwellings. the wood-framed pavilion floats on 15 pontoons, avoiding any direct contact with the protected UNESCO heritage city.
‘the pavilion abuts an abandoned 15thc. canal house, thereby dividing the block in two. its brief proximity with the canal house is a study in formal estrangements. still, through orientation, material, scale, and posture, the pavilion recognized something of itself in its new neighbor. it seems both have their trauma to work through. afterall, architecture is felt before it is understood,’ mentioned the architects.