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 :
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.
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.