The clients requested a spacious modern house that expressed its appreciation for outdoor living. Situated in a private eco estate, it was crucial that the open plan glass and steel house lived out onto the garden. Consequently this custom design developed into a layout that encouraged such a lifestyle.
As the site sloped towards the street, terraces were built with gabions and natural rocks to enclose the north side, with the Highveld savannah beyond it where game roams.
At the glass front door, an interesting contrast is created by the transparency and openness of the home behind the solid entrance walls.
You can catch a glimpse of the floating staircase as you move through the house, giving the home an airy feel.
Escorted graciously through the living spaces into the garden, you are introduced to the main bedroom which appears like a floating block hovering in mid air.
The concept of floating elements is evident from every perspective and vantage point; as a result this architectural design constantly draws attention.
M Square Lifestyle Design made use of off-shutter concrete, rusted steel, natural wood and stone to marry creative form and function with the natural surroundings of the villa.
MSquare Lifestyle Neccessities supplied the furniture, lighting and accessories from manufactures such as B&B Italia, Molteni & C, and Roda.
Project: House Duk
Designed by: Nico van der Meulen and Werner van der Meulen
Location:Meyersdal Eco Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa
Residence size:674 m²
Photography by: Barend Roberts and David Ross
Website URL: www.nicovdmeulen.com
M Square Lifestyle Design is an interior design practice creating bold and contemporary design solutions, while M Square Lifestyle Necessities is an upmarket furniture and décor showroom with a selection of the finest imported furniture from design studios around the world. Both companies were established in association with Nico van der Meulen Architect