About Nico van der Meulen Architects
Nico van der Meulen Architects which is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa was established in 1984 by Nico van der Meulen and his wife Santa.
The architectural practice focuses on designing innovative, luxurious homes, both contemporary and traditional, tailored to the tastes and needs of their clients. The company remains at the forefront of design by exploring new forms, pushing the boundaries, and evolving with technology without compromising on the authenticity of the design, aesthetics, materials, and originality.
Nico van der Meulen Architects has designed more than 4000 buildings during the past 40 years, many of which have received international acclaim, some as far afield as the United States of America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal, Australia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Canada, and many African countries. The firm is known for designing many of South Africa’s most beautiful homes.
Values and Philosophy
“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. Functionalism is our design philosophy and while our facades could have any form and be associated with any style, our buildings will always remain functional.” Nico van der Meulen
It’s carefully considered approach to design and commitment to meeting the requirements of individual clients has led to the practice gaining a reputation for creating luxurious designs from the ground up, or transforming existing residences into innovative and extraordinary homes, tailored to the tastes and needs of its clients.
The company lives and breathes the conviction of a total design philosophy, creating a seamless transition between the exterior and the interior, reducing the scale to finer detail.
This resulted in M Square Lifestyle Design and M Square Lifestyle Necessities being established in association with Nico van der Meulen Architects.
M Square Lifestyle Design is an interior design practice creating bold design solutions while M Square Lifestyle Necessities is an upmarket furniture and décor service with a selection of the finest imported furniture from design studios around the world.
The combination of all three companies’ expertise inspires the architecture of living spaces.
As architects and interior designers the firm specialize in designing up-market residential and exclusive commercial developments for private individuals and companies.
In excess of 230 buildings designed by Nico van der Meulen and his team of architects have featured in magazines, hardcover books and have also been used on the front cover image for many magazines.
Nico van der Meulen has also written articles for several local and international magazines.
The innovative architectural vision of the Nico van der Meulen Architects brand is evident in the practice’s ability to continuously produce masterpieces of extraordinary architecture that is always personalized with the client’s lifestyle requirements.
Together with a team of talented and enthusiastic architects, interior designers and experienced support staff, the family run business has grown into an internationally recognized quality brand. While creating unique homes for unique tastes, the firm strives to capture every client’s vision and express it through breathtaking bespoke designs.
We followed Nico van der Meulen Architects for a while and loved their work and when the time came for us to build our dream home, there was no better architect to execute our vision than this family. Working with the NVDM team has been an absolute delight. Over the past few years, the level of attentiveness and support we received from every member of the NVDM and M Square team has not changed from the start. The commitment and passion of every member of this team are unmatched making one feel like their only client… This level of dedication and communication really made us feel valued because often professionals have their vision and find it hard to incorporate what the clients have envisioned also. This was never an issue with us and the NVDM team as we would always look forward to each meeting. Looking back now after having completed the project, with a few challenges along the way, we are grateful we had the NVDM team with us all the way. If we are to build a masterpiece again, we would appoint NVDM Architects to manage the new project.
From the very first day we met with Nico, he was pleasant and always has a way of making people feel comfortable around him with his sense of humor and interesting lessons learned in running such a successful business for so many years. We discussed what we wanted, and he articulated it so well on the plan that we were convinced that we have chosen the best team. The design of the plan took roughly a year to complete and every fortnight, Mr. Nico VD Meulen and /or his son Werner would always be there to meet with us to discuss our ever-evolving design. This level of dedication and communication really made us feel valued because often professionals have their vision and find it hard to incorporate what the clients have envisioned also. This was never an issue with us and the NVDM team as we would always look forward to each meeting.
Looking back now after having completed the project, with a few challenges along the way, we are grateful we had the NVDM team with us all the way. If we are to build a masterpiece again, we would appoint Nico van der Meulen Architects to manage the new project.
“Thinking back to when we first decided to renovate our home in Louis Trichardt, we had the daunting aspect of finding the right architects who understood our needs and requirements, and who offered superior service, as well as after service.
We were lucky to find your company. We love what you made of our home and it turned out to be much more than we expected. You and Werner made it look so easy. Thank you for standing by us and making it a good experience for our whole family. We plan to live in this home for many years to come, but should we ever need to build or renovate another home, we will certainly be back.”
“We cannot praise Nico van der Meulen Architects enough. They are a truly professional team that was dedicated, competent and experienced. They anticipated our needs at every step of a memorable project. We enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend them.”
It was a pleasure to work with Nico van der Meulen Architects. At inception of the design phase they easily understood my requirements while at the same time making practical recommendations. They were happy to let certain areas of the design evolve which made the project both creative and exciting. Nico van der Meulen Architects were involved in all facets of the project from original design to overseeing of the entire project on a regular basis. All facets of the house were designed in great detail and then inspected to ensure that construction was in line with the design. Recommendations were made throughout the project in order to ensure that the best possible result was achieved. All queries were promptly responded to and addressed. I would highly recommend using Nico van der Meulen architects for any top end project.
“I had the privilege of working with Nico van der Meulen from 2006 to 2009, and on ad-hoc basis thereafter. I have found him to be knowledgeable, professional and reliable. His creativity as an Architect is highly commendable. I would work with Nico van der Meulen again should another opportunity arise.”
About the Family
The architectural practice was established in 1984 by the owner and founder Nico van der Meulen and his wife Santa. Nico grew up on a farm near the border between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, He initially studied civil engineering, explored project management, and finally registered as a professional Architect. Nico also received a SAPSA Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Architecture.
Under Nico’s guidance and with his two sons following in his footsteps and joining him, the firm has grown into a family legacy. Each member of the family has established their own reputations within the design industry for their talents in architecture, interior design, decor and art.
Whilst the architectural and interior design projects are managed by Nico, Werner and Margot, Santa together with Rudolph started M Square Lifestyle Necessities, a décor and design showroom specializing in international brands including DOCA, Porro, Alivar, Desalto, Gloster, Lema, Limited Edition, Living Divani, Pallucco, Roda, Viccarbe, Zanotta, and ZeusNoto. Santa, an artist in her own right, is behind most of the captivating paintings featured in the luxury residences designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects.
Together with a team of talented and enthusiastic associates, architects, designers and experienced support staff, the family run business has grown into an internationally recognized quality brand. While creating unique homes for unique tastes, the firm strives to capture every client’s vision and express it through breathtaking bespoke designs.