Historical ‘rei’ uncovered at ‘t Zand Square, Bruges

While construction work on one of Bruges’ biggest squares is still underway, part of a historical ‘rei’ has already been revealed to the public. The canal has been uncovered and is now accessible through a series of steps and a wooden boardwalk, adding a new public attraction to the city and creating an inviting space for people to sit down, relax and enjoy the view.

The remaining parts of ‘t Zand, or the ‘Square of 150 Lindens’ as it was christened in the winning competition entry in 2015, are scheduled for completion in 2018. The plan by West 8 + Snoeck & Partners maximizes available space for a multitude of uses. It strikes a balance between intimacy and attractiveness on one hand and the demands of a premier event plaza on the other.