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MIA’s Office by MIA architecture

MIA’s Office by MIA architecture

The project by MIA architecture consists of the construction of a volume intended to house the spaces of the architect’s office, including a meeting room and technical premises. 

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The volume is implanted in the extension of an existing house built in the 70s in a heavily wooded environment from which it takes its base architectural language (painted bricks, masonry heads, and height). Placed on this is the “mirror box” that houses the professional functions. This volume is covered with a mirror skin in order to disappear into its environment. Thanks to the high reflection capacity of this cladding, the new building literally blends into the site. In an almost surreal way, the large square office bay gives the impression, from the garden, of an immersion in the interior space through a notch in the vegetation laid on a brick base. The other windows are hidden behind the translucent skin (SGG Mirastar® glass) and are only visible after dark. 

Access is via a metal grating walkway floating above a cloud of grasses that leads to a wooden door uncovered by the extrusion of the mirror skin on the northwest corner. From the workspace, the wide opening onto the garden reduces the inner / outer limit and creates a feeling of immersion with the environment. 

The building was constructed in a 30-to-36-centimeter-thick wooden frame (I-beam) filled with insulation, which makes it particularly energy efficient. The use of this constructive principle also made it possible to reduce the construction time to a period of around three months. 

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DATE: 2020 / LOCATION: Beaufays, Liège, Belgium / AREA: 60 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: offices / STATUS: built / DESIGN: MIA architecture / LEAD ARCHITECTS: Geoffrey Noël / CONSULTANTS: Fabrice Gaillard (Landscape), Menuiserie Schmitz (Wood frame and joinery) / PHOTOS: MIA architecture 

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