Atelier Bow-Wow And Dertien 12 Create Canal Swimmer’s Club On Bruges Waterway

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This floating sun deck on the edge of a Bruges canal by Atelier Bow-Wow and Dertien 12 is put in to offer a resting place for swimmers in the course of the city’s initial art and architecture triennial .

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

Eighteen artists and architects, like Tokyo-primarily based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow and neighborhood studio Dertien twelve, were invited to participate in the very first instalment of the Bruges Modern Art and Architecture Triennial 2015, which runs till 18 October 2015.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

The triennial theme asked contributors to contemplate the influence of a sudden population explosion in the historic city, as if the five million tourists who go to the city every single yr had determined to keep.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

Atelier Bow-Wow and Dertien twelve settled on the idea of a Canal Swimmer’s Club, a big wooden deck positioned on a stretch of canal that has lately been cleaned and reopened for public swimming soon after 40 years of prohibition due to poor water high quality.


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“There is massive likely to produce new public room from the relationship in between people’s behaviour and water’s behaviour,” explained Atelier Bow-Wow’s Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Tom Gantois from Dertien twelve. “It is the two people who injury the water good quality and who get pleasure from the water in the city.”

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

The temporary deck floats on pontoons at the confluence of the city’s Spinolarei-Potterierei and Sint-Annarei canals, and provides a summer meeting area for sunbathing and swimming. The identify of the construction invents a swimming club that does not however exist.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

It is hoped the structure will entice new swimmers to the canal, as nicely as elderly residents who probably swam the city’s waterways forty many years ago. The swimming situations and water high quality are signposted with a flag method like that employed on seashores.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

“It not only enlarges the public space inside of a too active touristic city centre, but also signifies how much the water quality has been improved by the energy of individuals and city government,” said Tsukamoto and Gantois. “The behaviour of folks swimming in the water would signal the improvement of water high quality.”

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

“We named this the Canal Swimmer’s Club in order to assign a fictional social background behind it,” they added.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

A net-enclosed ramp prospects down from the street degree to the platform, which is covered in recycled scaffolding planks and is supported by a galvanised steel framework.


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The framework is created to be easily assembled and disassembled each summer and floats on rented pontoons usually used by the Belgian military.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

A pergola with slanted louvres covers 60 per cent of the platform, providing shade from the sun and redirecting rainwater by way of gullies directly into the canal.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

A decked walkway extends out from the major sundeck underneath the Carmersbrug, a humpback pedestrian bridge, and links to a seating area overlooking a well-known boating region.

Canal Swimmer's Club by Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12 for Belgian Triennial

Equivalent programs have been proposed for London’s waterways, such as a floating swimming pool on the River Thames by Studio Octopi and a freshwater bathing pond in Kings Cross by Ooze Architects.

Photography is by Filip Dujardin, Ellen Demeulemeester and Jan Darthet.

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