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Morningside House by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Nico van der Meulen Architects transformed what was originally a 1970s house into a home ideal for the 21st century. Rudolph van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects created an atrium and a moat around the hall and dining room, with a curtain of water falling past a cut-out in the atrium wall.

The end result is a beautiful breakfast garden to the east of the kitchen, overlooking the moat and water feature. The family and dining room opens onto a spacious 13 m x 6 m lanai through frameless folding doors – an excellent idea as this doubles the space available for entertaining during the long South African summers.

The interior walls were removed to create a spectacular double volume living area and to form a more seamless floor plan. The roof over the lanai is suspended from a two-storey-high beam traversing the pool. The outcome is a contemporary home that is open-plan with north-facing layout ideal for family living and entertaining.

M Square Lifestyle Necessities created interiors reflecting opulence and the latest in interior décor trends. These van be found in aspects such as the spherical copper lamp shades designed by one of the world’s leading designers,Tom Dixon.

The copper mirror balls were artistically used to create a dynamic layer in the double volume space while the height variations of the lights attract intimacy, making the space more relaxed.

The astute placement of furniture divides spaces into pockets of activity – an excellent touch as this promotes an interactive family life.
A luxurious color palette was applied throughout to compliment the modern theme of the interiors, including rich rust and copper hues. The end result is a look that is open, warm, modern and infinitely inviting. M Square Lifestyle Necessities imports furniture from leading manufactures in Europe using award-winning designers.

Bold, ultra-modern and fit for a contemporary South African lifestyle – no one would ever guess that this house was originally built in the 1970s. Architect Nico van der Meulen explains the reason behind taking up the impressive renovation project: “The house is situated in a very good area, but was very dated, thus an ideal candidate for a make-over.” One of the main objectives was to also build a home that accommodates the typical South African indoor and outdoor lifestyle. The transformation into the 21st century was achieved by removing the interior walls to create a spectacular double volume living area.

This also helped to get rid of the chaotic floor plan with small boxes, all on different levels. Nico goes on to explain: “There used to be a screen wall around the kitchen, and we decided to create an atrium and a moat around the hall and dining room, with a curtain of water falling past a cut-out in the atrium wall.

This created a beautiful breakfast garden to the east of the kitchen that overlooks the moat and water feature.” The water feature adds an interesting visual element and is visible from almost everywhere in the living and kitchen areas. The kitchen takes centre stage as the hub of the house where the open space invites people to gather around.

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