The project is born in Valentina’s head. The idea of raising the Brussels’ buildings is just come up during the many walks in town looking up at the Brussels skyline. This last being fragmented, there are many aerial gaps to be filled up!
The residential Brussels buildings have a lot of charms but are not properly maintained and the energy consumption is very high. BruxUP is a project that put in place an exchange operation between buildings owners (or condos owners) to sell their roof to investors that finance addition on the top floor (vertical extension) of the building. With the income of the selling of the roof, owners can finance the rehab of the building. This is not only an architectural operation but also a social and political act. Architecture finds its way by studying the relation between old and new. It is not just about developing a penthouse but also rehabilitate the marvelous Brussels patrimony.”