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Home Renovation: 5 Brian Rd Morningside by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa

Picture of the renovated home as seen form the lawn in the backyard
Home Renovation: 5 Brian Rd Morningside by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
© Jeanne-Claire Bischoff

Turning your old house into a dream home? Not impossible if you hire right architects. Nico van der Meulen Architects made this amazing home renovation in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Old 1960's house was transformed into modern dream home called 5 Brian Road Morningside, with the same "wow" effect as the Ber House and Lam House. Large open and modern interiors from the inside and straight sharp lines on the outside are pretty good feature of a modern dream home. Great job Nico and the crew.

"The architects had to start from the entrance, where they added in an aggregate driveway with broken rock in the joints and a very geometrical garden to complete the look of the space.

The look of the house has been valorized by an added atrium with a moat and a waterfall at the entrance. The moat runs all the way around the dining room and under the extended wing wall, where an oversize glass pivot door has been installed as a front door.
The ground floor is composed of an open plan, a double volume space with two living areas, a very large dining room with a kitchen and a lanai with one corner suspended from a massive, two storey high beam transversing the pool to adjoin the lanai with a timber deck on the opposite side.

The glass wall between the living areas and the lanai folds completely away to create one huge living space, with the second lounge area leading onto the garden, and the dining opening onto the moat.
From the kitchen one can see the living and dining area, the lanai, the pool and the garden. From here a door leads into a second kitchen and a double garage, with double staff quarters at the rear.
The study is a few steps higher than the living area, with a door leading into another double garage.
The home theatre and the guest bedroom both lead onto the garden through aluminum sliding doors. A guest toilet is placed in between the two rooms in the house.

The staircase is a floating creation made of steel, stone and glass and leads up to a pyjama lounge on the first floor. From the pyjama lounge one can reach the two kid’s bedrooms and the main suite.
The two kids’ rooms, which impeccably face north, have en-suite bathrooms and private dressing area. The main suite is an oversized space, with both the bedroom and bathroom opening onto a balcony, establishing an al fresco feeling. The main bedroom also has its own gas fireplace, with a large lounge area inside the bedroom.

There are no columns in this area, which contributes to the creation of a floating roof effect.
You can sit in the bath or stand in the shower and look out over the garden in privacy, while two atria enable the owner to ventilate the house safely while keeping this space totally inaccessible to unwanted visitors."
          -Nico van der Meulen Architects

Picture of the house as seen from the driveway
5 Brian Rd Morningside house by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the glass doors as an entrance into the house
5 Brian Rd Morningside entrance by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the ground floor interiors showing the living room and the kitchen
5 Brian Rd Morningside interior by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the interiors showing small black table and chair by the large window on the ground floor
5 Brian Rd Morningside interior by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the interior showing the exit on terrace from the living room
5 Brian Rd Morningside interior by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large open and modern kitchen with dark brown furniture
5 Brian Rd Morningside kitchen by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large open modern living room by the kitchen
5 Brian Rd Morningside living room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of modern black furniture in the large living room
5 Brian Rd Morningside living room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the terrace as seen from the living room
5 Brian Rd Morningside living room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of modern kitchen furniture as seen from the living room
5 Brian Rd Morningside kitchen by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of black sofa and glassy coffee table on the black carpet in living room
5 Brian Rd Morningside black sofa by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large dining room on the ground floor
5 Brian Rd Morningside dining room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the modern kitchen by the living room
5 Brian Rd Morningside kitchen by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of modern furniture in the modern living room
5 Brian Rd Morningside living room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of modern home office in the renovated house
5 Brian Rd Morningside home office by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large bedroom with the fireplace and sofa by the bed
5 Brian Rd Morningside bedroom by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of second bedroom with the blue bed and white sofa by the bed
5 Brian Rd Morningside bedroom by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large covered terrace
5 Brian Rd Morningside terrace by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of covered terrace by the swimming pool
5 Brian Rd Morningside terrace by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of renovated house as seen at night from the backyard
5 Brian Rd Morningside house by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the house as seen at night from the area behind the swimming pool
5 Brian Rd Morningside house by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large open living room as seen at night
5 Brian Rd Morningside living room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large glassy dining table on the terrace
5 Brian Rd Morningside dining room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of black modern furniture in the living room as seen at night
5 Brian Rd Morningside living room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of open dining room as seen at night
5 Brian Rd Morningside dining room by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of two modern sinks in the bathroom
5 Brian Rd Morningside bathroom by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large open kitchen as seen at night
5 Brian Rd Morningside kitchen by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of large covered terrace as seen at night
5 Brian Rd Morningside terrace by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of furniture and lighting on the terrace
5 Brian Rd Morningside terrace by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the house as seen at sunset
5 Brian Rd Morningside house by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the house with lights turned on on the facade
5 Brian Rd Morningside house by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of the entrance into the property with large number 5 on the wall
5 Brian Rd Morningside entrance by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Renovated house ground floor plan
5 Brian Rd Morningside floor plan by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Renovated house first floor plan
5 Brian Rd Morningside floor plan  by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa
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