Architectural Showcase for Residential Developments
High on the ridge of Bishopscourt in Cape Town, this unique site resulted from the demolition of an existing house acquired a number of years earlier.
The Concrete House is the latest masterpiece by Nico van der Meulen Architects and M Square Lifestyle Design.
The brief from the client required the design of a home for a family of four in a bushveld estate. The site is a bushveld plot of 1 hectare, and is situated in the Roodeplaat Dam catchment area and required a sensitive approach to the siting of the building.
With little intervention to the spatial layout and the existing roof structure, an ordinary suburban house has been converted into a spectacular living-space.
Located in Mooikloof Residential estate where a large variety of different architectural styles have proliferated such as Boere Spaans, Variant of Tuscan Architecture, and Neo Classical and Neo Baroque Styles. To their credit the clients, a young professional couple, requested a natural and earthbound expression of dwelling rather than a self-conscious reference to style or Modern Formalism.
The Brief was to create a spectacular home which encapsulated the expansive 360 degree mountain and sea views. Though views out were paramount this needed to be carefully balanced with the required privacy from within. The living areas were to be open plan – enhancing everyday life. “The architecture needed focus on creating a contemporary, uncluttered and sculptural building,” said Tamaryn Fourie, senior associate and project team member.
Located at the foot of a nature reserve in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Kloof Road House is the latest project by Nico van der Meulen Architects. The client's brief called for a family orientated home suitable for indoor/outdoor entertainment that maximizes the views to the north. The result is a 1100m² sculptural piece of architecture that is an extreme transformation from the previously modest single story.
The Green Verandah aims to be a didactic and heuristic residential project showcasing the implementation of bio-climatic design principles, passive design principles (specific climatic zone), renewable energy sourcing & alternative building material use.
The site was one of the last open stands in one of the oldest residential Golf Estates in Pretoria; Silver Lakes. Known for it’s abundance of Pretoria Tuscan it didn’t surprise me that no attempt to build on the site was made to date. With generous amounts of Indigenous, Aloes and two prominent Rocky Outcrops, one in the east and the other fairly close to the street on the western side of the Property, it posed some serious challenges in terms of siting the building without destroying the...
Around 1959, Hellmut Stauch (1910-1970) designed one of the most seminal buildings of the late Modern Movement in Pretoria, South Africa. Hakahana (meaning quick in Herero), located on a smallholding to the west of Pretoria, was his family home. Here he brought together Modern Movement architectural principles such as efficiency, health and economy, learnt through his education at the Ittenschule in Germany, with an appreciation of the local context, climate and available materials. He...