“Borders have never crossed our minds!”
François Valentiny, a star architect from Schengen, works all over the world — yet his home at the border tripoint has left a strong impression on him. You can spot the architectural artist’s work in many places along the Moselle. Aesthetics without borders.
“When you build, you have to engage with the landscape: the sun, the culture and the people,” François Valentiny believes. Luxembourg’s star architect spent the first ten years of his life in Remerschen. Remerschen is part of the municipality of Schengen, which lies at the tripoint where Luxembourg, Germany and France meet. Here, at the Moselle – or to be more precise, on a boat on the Moselle – the famous Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985 against a backdrop of vineyards. Schengen has long since become a symbol of open borders in Europe.
What do borders mean to a Luxembourger from Schengen? Valentiny laughs. “We live in a small country, so you’re never far from a border. Whenever I make a phone call from my car, my mobile network constantly changes. Other than that, borders have never really fazed us. Many Moselle viniculturists have vineyards in all three countries, and there are families with different members scattered across the borders.” Nevertheless, Valentiny has a close connection with the Schengen Agreement – he designed the European Museum down by the Moselle, which is devoted to the freedom of movement agreement and open borders in Europe.