House Lam by Nico van der Meulen Architects

House Lam by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Location: Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa
Year: 2011
Area: 8,675 sqft / 806 sqm
Photo courtesy: David Ross, Barry Goldman, Nico van der Meulen

At the point when the customer drew closer Nico van der Meulen Architects, the brief introduced was proposed to change and add to a current 1950’s home and overhaul its configuration. The main floor must be outlined starting with no outside help to oblige the rooms and the ground floor must be changed over to a solely open arrangement living space.

1Nico VD Meulen House Limbarda exterior nite Pan lookinginto house 1The rough outcrop enlivened the configuration, which was created to boost the encompassing perspectives, making utilization of the nature highlight without trading off the contemporary, streaming part of the building.

2Nico VD Meulen House Limbarda interior nite Pan looking outwards1Contrary to the first passage at the highest point of the site, the modelers made another access at the lower ground floor of the 3 story home, with an inside staircase paving the way to the ground floor living zone. The current home’s establishments and structure offered a very nearly 300° perspective crosswise over Johannesburg. This was utilized as a shell for the new plan, which needed to enhance perspectives of the city toward the West while as yet being orientated toward the North to augment daylight.

3MG_2609The lower ground floor can be come to by the guests through the garage that prompts the fundamental passage. Continuing up the staircase to the ground floor, one is met with staggering perspectives of Johannesburg and its encompasses. The ground floor is an open arrangement living zone with the twofold volume primary lounge room controlling the visitors out onto the lanai and pool. From the kitchen one can offer perspectives to both the North and South, while as yet having direct access to the lanai and eating range. The ground floor living regions were composed around a pool, which is an unmistakable element of the house. The overflow subtle element of this cantilevered pool makes a mless reconciliation with the perspectives over the city.

4Nico VD Meulen House Limbarda exterior nite Pan lookinginto house and pool 1Starting from the earliest stage one can get to the first floor room suites and pajama lounge. A scaffold joins inverse sides of the principle and family room suites. In every one of the rooms, the perspective is amplified on account of the wrap around overhangs.


M Square Lifestyle Design, captained by Phia van der Meulen, fastidiously picked the inside touches that would recognize this house: a characteristic wood completion goes through the house, from the pool deck, the scaffold on the first floor, the room floors and to the furniture itself. The hues utilized as a part of the inside gives the home a warm vibe.


The shading palette inside of the inside was decided to compliment the hues that were utilized as a part of the structures auxiliary components and to mix with the walnut wooden floors and stone element divider. The hues utilized are unbiased tones – dim, white and dark – counterbalance by sprinkles of splendid red. The mix of white surfaces and dull characteristic wood topic keeps running all through the house and can be seen with the kitchen counters and the rooms and bathrooms.


The whole inside is exquisitely straightforward, smooth and current. The lighting in the inside assumes a critical part in the inside outline. It was inventively set to make an in vogue sufficiently bright center vibe and the utilization of lighting perfectly enlightens the house’s outside, with the goal that it emerges against the rough outcrop in the night.


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Plan - FIRST Floor Plan - Ground floorPlan - Lower Ground Floor

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