Nicholas Sirot gives his verdict on the latest venture by Lionel Jadot.
Step into the heart of modernity and creativity with the MIX in Watermael-Boitsfort, an architectural masterpiece designed by the talented Lionel Jadot. This innovative space is more than just a building; it’s an experience that blends design, hospitality, and well-being. Join us as we delve into this architectural marvel, where Lionel Jadot’s imagination comes to life.
“What was once the prestigious headquarters of Royale Belge, is now the MIX hotel”
What was once the prestigious headquarters of Royale Belge, now stands the MIX hotel, a rare gem nestled in a green oasis. Jadot had grand ambitions when conceptualizing the interior. The iconic architecture, sculpted in the functional aesthetics of the 1970s, exudes power and energy. This heritage was both respected and translated into new elements. Sabatier’s masterpiece in the ground floor auditorium served as the starting point for Jadot’s contemporary vision. Each new intervention was designed by Jadot’s team as a sculpture in space. MIX has been crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using robust and authentic materials such as concrete, wood, and metal, resulting in an unparalleled fusion of form and function.
“Jadot collaborated with no fewer than 52 other designers”
For this project, Lionel Jadot collaborated with no fewer than 52 other designers. Firstly, as is customary for him, he partnered with numerous creators from the Zaventem Ateliers, the former paper mill that houses around thirty designers and artists. He also invited 25 other Belgian and international designers. From the reception desk by Maison Armand Jonckers to the curtains by Studio Krjst, the stools by Thomas Serruys, and the nightlights by Studio Elementaires, each piece of furniture was tailor-made for Mix. In addition to being locally designed, each object is also locally produced, signed, and numbered or created as a unique piece.
If the simple designation of a “four-star hotel” falls far short of describing this new concept, it’s because Mix offers 140 rooms and 40 studios for long stays. Mix is described as a hotel of experiences and aims to provide each guest with a tailored and complete experience to suit their needs. Want to rent a bike? No problem, you’ll receive a custom cycling route. Feel like gaming in the comfort of your room? Want to savor the best Belgian beers in your room? Mix will prepare them for you in your minibar. And for those who love exploring the finest antique shops, museums, restaurants, or vintage boutiques in Brussels, Mix provides insider tips on the best addresses. Mix offers a range of additional services, which guests can choose in advance or on-site, to make their stay as enjoyable as possible. Mix aspires to be a true second home, a destination where you’ll feel completely at ease (starting at €200 per room per night; summer deal offer coming soon).
For those wishing to stay longer, they can book one of the suites with a kitchen (ranging from 50 sqm to 70 sqm, starting at €1500 per suite per week). The suites are designed to accommodate long stays, with options such as a lockable wardrobe, parking, and facilities tailored to individual needs. The hotel is also family-friendly, and adult guests have complimentary access to the fitness and wellness center during their stay.
The MIX goes beyond the mere role of a resting place; it becomes a destination in itself, inviting guests to immerse themselves in a multitude of unparalleled experiences.