A cross-shaped building clad in glass glints bronze when the sun hits it just right at golden hour. Previously home to the former Royal Belge insurance headquarters, this functionalist building dating from 1969 has recently been transformed into the cutting-edge MIX Hotel, envisioned to be a creative oasis for the modern traveler’s short- and long-term stays. Located at the very edge of Brussels, the revitalized 1970s building borders a forested park, and truly feels like an artist’s oasis.
The historic building was designed by René Stapels and Pierre Dufau, two modern designers who were inspired by the likes of other modern heavy hitters like Eero Saarinen, notably his contemporaneous design for John Deere’s World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois. A 580,000-square-foot layout is enclosed in Corten steel and smoked bronze windows, which may have faced the same ruinous fate of many now-abandoned suburban office parks if not for the creative rejuvenation by renowned Brussels-based designer Lionel Jadot and several members his newly formed collaborative Zaventem Ateliers.
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