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Brugge Diptych by Jon Lott / PARA Project

Brugge Diptych by Jon Lott / PARA Project

Docked within Brugge’s peripheral and residential waterways, and roughly the same size as its neighbors, the wood-framed pavilion floats on 15 (sistered) pontoons, avoiding any direct contact with the protected UNESCO Heritage city.

ph: Iwan Baan

The visitor floats mid-block, abutting an abandoned 15thc. canal house, thereby dividing the block in two. Its proximity with the canal house is consequential in several ways.

Through estrangements of orientation, material, scale, and posture, the pavilion attempts to recognize something of itself in its new neighbor. It seems both have their trauma to work through. Afterall, architecture is felt before it is understood.

The project is the third in a serial study of urban “strangers,” including Lott’s Storefront for Storefront (2016) and the Roche/ Dinkeloo Double, at the Fine Arts Centers, Amherst (2018). Each embrace the familiar construction technique of “common framing” in partnership with their respective institutional urban concerns.

ph: Iwan Baan

Jon Lott is an American architect, principal of PARA, cofounding member of CLOK, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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