Nico van der Meulen Architects
Nico Van Der Meulen is registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession as well as with the Institute of Architects in both personal capacity and as a corporate member. “We design buildings to suit our client’s taste: Personally we have a contemporary outlook, but as can be seen from our portfolio we are proficient in both more traditional “styles” and contemporary buildings”. The hallmark of their designs are airy, open plan homes, with almost all habitable rooms facing north, incorporating nature/ landscaping and indoor/ outdoor living areas seamlessly flowing together.
“Form follows function” is a principle associated with modern architecture where the belief is that the shape of the building is primarily based upon the intended function and purpose of the building. Professor F.A Porsche said “If you analyse the function of an object, its form often becomes obvious.” In architecture, functionality should always be given higher priority than the form, considering we spend our entire lives inhabiting the structures we’ve designed rather than admiring their external appearances.
Nico van der Meulen is most often referred to as one of South Africa’s leading contemporary architects. However to associate this architectural practise with a specific style would be inaccurate considering the buildings we design are purposed to be functional first and their striking forms are merely a result of this.
Across all fields, engineers are trained to make things work. Whilst their entire focus is aimed at making something functional, architects often get carried away in the desire to create beautiful buildings while neglecting the practicality of their designs.
Combining the best of both fields, with Nico being a qualified engineer before he explored the field of architecture, it’s seems that this basic principle of engineering is what is at the core of making Nico van der Meulen’s designs so successful. With a focus on creating beautiful functional designs it is definite that the forms we create really do follow the function they are intended for.
We have an association with M Square Lifestyle Necessities in Illovo Square, who supplies furniture and interior accessories. Most of the products are unique to South Africa, as they directly import small quantities of the more exclusive furniture and accessories from around the world, most of which are not stocked by any other store on the African continent.