Metamorphosis in Architecture

By: | July 22 , 2022

The new urban renewal project in Brussels “THE BOTANIC CENTER BLOOM” by Vincent Callebaut, Lead Archibiotect, Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris (www.vincent.callebaut.org) introduces metamorphosis & energy solidarity in the heart of the Capital of the European Union :

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Metamorphosis means the transformation of the caterpillar into a butterfly.

Metamorphosis doesn’t mean eradicating the past, but rather integrating the best of the past into our future.
The role of architects extends beyond mere conservation or restoration: it involves advocating for a hybrid history, and making bold choices not for one self but for others.

It also means being determined to act as forward thinkers, and to bring the Botanic Center into the 21st century in terms of uses, technological progress and innovative, sustainable building principles.

Today’s architecture is capable of implementing “energy solidarity” between a piece of architectural heritage — modern in this case — and a contemporary project. The latter provides the necessary energy to the former by integrating renewable energies, thus limiting carbon emissions as recommended by the COP 21.

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