MiMo is a Joburg based architecture studio that pairs elegant and unexpected ideas with innovative and affordable execution. We are bold in creative approach and meticulous about research into cultural context and materials.

Our Services :

To clients
The Full Architect's Service

We act as the project leader on behalf of you, our client. We work closely with you to establish a clear brief, recommend a technical team, prepare and present sketch designs of possible scenarios, facilitate feasibility studies, lead the team in design development, prepare technical drawings for council and procurement, assist with contractor selection, administer the construction contract and hand over a thoroughly checked final product to you. A full architctural service allows us to maintain a good field of care over all stages of the project for a client; allowing us to uphold the quality and vision of the project to completion. 
Design Consulting

So you have an idea for a building project but have no idea what the next step is? We'll do a concept pack indicating the feasibility, cost and timeline for you. This includes reporting on the site and legal constraints, producing design concepts and material studies for a cost by a Quantity Surveyor. You decide what's next.
Individual Services

Our services can be tailored to each project. Here is a list of the main architectural services that we provide:
• Feasibility studies
• Concept design
• Detailed design
• Building Authority approval
• Construction information
• Tender negotiations
• Site inspection
• Principal agent

Other services:
• Interior and joinery design
• Photo-realistic images

To design
We are skilled in artistic renders which bring a potential space to life in a way that 2D drawings simply cannot do. We also produce 3D diagrams in exploded or solid form, for easy communication of structural and spatial arrangement concepts.
Competitions and Bids
MiMo has had success with competition entries and project bids. We offer to collaborate with firms who need to contract this work out. We have the training and software needed to conceptualise and represent an idea impactfully.
As a small office, we are open to collaborating on joint ventures. Our experience on medium-to-large scale projects, including team co-ordination and PA duties, may lend itself to partnerships with like-minded small design firms.

What we care about :

Project Gravity
Our ambition is to develop clear proposals based on a deep understanding of the client's brief, site and the larger social/urban contexts. We aim to find the 'big driver'; the simple and understandable crux of the project, which will become the shared vision. This often comes from identifying a key value that is lacking in a given context, in combination with the client's aspirations; that which, if offered, elevates the project. We put time into research to get this right.

Cultural Value
After establishing the 'big driver', we establish the 'small drivers' which should address our wider culture and agree with our core values. We have seen how co-design can be a significant transformative process, prompting clients to think about alternative ways of organising themselves. It has also been shown that a group's self-esteem can grow when there is an influx of innovation and professional attention into their world. This thinking is not limited to one 'type' of project - even the simple act of changing a home's connection to the street can see a ripple effect, a trend of development, that can improve community life in a neighbourhood. We hope to create valuable connections through design.

Simple Comforts
The spaces we make must, as a basic, keep us comfortable all year round, with minimal fuss. We design to optimise insulation, cross ventilation, north orientation for best solar control, good acoustics and visual stimulation. We avoid the need for energy-hungry solutions and promote resource self-reliance.

Material Reach
The materials we build with impact our immediate comfort and health in a space. They also have wider reach in the construction industry and on the natural environment. We search for appropriate ethically sourced materials, as well as technologies that support up-skilling, improved working conditions and job-creation within our local industry. We see too many buildings looking old after 5 years - the key is attention to detail and insisting on higher standards in the construction industry.

We aim to bring moments of play and surprise in to daily routines of people using our spaces. The places we go back to are those that we form a connection with.