Valentina Carrara Architects is a Brussels-based architecture practice founded by Valentina Carrara in 2007.
We are a small team of expert and committed people, able to respond to every project’s need from the initial sketch to the execution.
We are specialized in the process of integration between OLD and NEW. Our work in the field of Patrimony rehabilitation is not just about restoration or renovation. It is about giving a new identity to an existing building. Until the 18th century, monuments and cities have been built according to the society needs of the time without any particular issue; whereas nowadays the architectural patrimony of a city often becomes an obstacle.
Our mission is to find a new balance between preserving the past and building the future.
With respect to this, we’ve had the chance to lead major rehabilitation project on the site of Tour& Taxis, like the famous “Salle de guichets” of the ancient Hôtel de la Poste or the marvelous “Quai aux poissons” structure.
We do not embalm the past but on the opposite we keep it alive and let it evolve to embrace the future. Our initial approach to a historical building – such as a depot, a Brussels house from 1920 – can be compared to a search into a woman’s wardrobe: What is worth to be kept? What can be converted? What must be thrown away and how? Can I recycle the waste into something new for the building?