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Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa

Photo of the house at sunset as seen from the street
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Nico van der Muelen Architects designed new amazing home for Midrand, South Africa. The house is called Ber House and it's definitely piece of modern architecture South Africa should be proud of.


"The client requested a contemporary, iconic house without unnecessary rooms, open plan and airy. They needed 4 suites, a living area and a large study as he does a lot of work from home. The wife originally wanted burglar bars, which is not allowed in the estate, but this was the inspiration for the random steel bars used around the house, which could possibly keep flying elephants out.  

The house was designed by Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects as a simple rectangular shape, with the living rooms in the centre, surrounded by a koi pond and a pool. From the porte cochere one walks over the koi pond to the front door, looking through the hall, dining room and family room at the pool on the north side.  The koi pond filled with mature koi surrounds the dining room on two sides. Broken slabs of granite with steel sheets over acts as steps between the dining room and hall to the family room and kitchen. A cantilevered staircase jut out of a granite clad wall, with an illuminated handrail cut into the wall.


The kitchen is enclosed by frameless doors, and opens up to the lanai and the east,  facing the garden. A steel grating balcony to the main bathroom on the north-east corner protects the kitchen from too much morning sun. The study faces north and east, with the east side facing the lanai across the pool. A bridge crosses over the living room, connecting the pyjama lounge and kid’s bedrooms with the main suite.

M Square Lifestyle Design used the random patterns evident on the steel facade as inspiration for the interior design. Illuminated ceilings add to the feeling of transparency , while the materials used were chosen to complement the contemporary feel.

B&B Italia,  Pedrali  and Molteni &C furniture,   Foscarini and Zero lamps and Lignet Pure rugs were supplied by M Square Lifestyle necessities, along with steel sculptures by Regardt van der Meulen."
          -Nico van der Muelen Architects


Picture of the amazing Ber House as seen from the street at sunset
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Picture of amazing modern mansion as seen from the street at sunset
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of garage entry at the house
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of the house as seen from the backyard
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of interior of the house with indoor pool and living room
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of black and white interior of the house
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of the structure and glass facade of the house
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of the living room and interior pool
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of the lobby and staircase to the first floor
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of black furniture in dinning room
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of dinning room as seen from the living room
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of black interior furniture in the dinning room
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of black and yellow furniture in the living room
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of black and white interiors
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of interior pool as seen from the terrace
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of dinning room with living room in the background
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of the steel structure
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of dark interiors
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of the staircase
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of modern bedroom with the fireplace
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher

Photo of modern bathroom
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher
Ber House first floor floor plan
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© Nico van der Muelen Architects

Ber House ground floor floor plan
Ber House by Nico van der Muelen Architects, Amazing Home Of South Africa
© Nico van der Muelen Architects

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