Nico van der Meulen Architects

Moss Oklands Residence by South African Architects Nico van der MeulenNico van der Meulen Architects, was established in 1984 by owner and founder Nico van der Meulen and his wife Santa. Nico grew up in a farm near the border between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and spent most of his childhood building bridges and structures using whatever material he could find on the farm. This was the first expression of Nico’s passion for architecture. He initially studied civil engineering, explored project management and finally registered as a professional architect.

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 and decor, painting as well as sculpting.

Nico and Santa have three sons; Rudolph, Werner and Regardt.  Rudolph and Werner are accomplished architects in the practice, whilst Rudolph’s wife, Phia, manages M Square Lifestyle Design, specialising in interior architecture and design.  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.  To provide a complete design experience, Santa together with Rudolph started M Square Lifestyle Necessities, a décor and design showroom. The youngest son, Regardt studied Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, majoring in sculpture, and together with his wife, Lisa, runs his own studio in Johannesburg.

Together with a team of talented and enthusiastic 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


Nico van der Meulen whole staffThe creative and dedicated staff plays a pivotal role in creating bespoke buildings.  Under Nico’s guidance, the team of professional architects, interior architects and designers apply a great deal of precision and tenacity to provide clients with nothing less than the highest quality expected, and contribute to the overall success of the   practice.

The firm’s marketing and media department goes to great lengths to not only enlighten prospective clients, but maintain strong relationships with existing clients. It is through this enthusiastic department that all information regarding Nico van der Meulen Architects is shared.

With the amount of responsibility the practice has towards its clientele, coupled with the purpose of meeting their requirements, the co-ordination between management, the drawing office and administration departments is essential to ensure all the objectives of the business are carried out professionally.


“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 Nico van der Meulen Architects’ design philosophy and whilst their facades could have any form, and be associated with any style, their buildings will always remain functional.”

Nico van der Meulen Architects focuses on designing innovative, luxurious homes, both contemporary and traditional, tailored to the tastes and needs of the client.

The practice 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.

Its 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, contemporary designs from the ground up, and transforming existing residences into innovative and extraordinary homes tailored to the tastes and needs of its clients.

Beautiful yet functional, all projects reiterate the practice’s approach to sustainable design which is grounded in passive design principles. Having worked on projects in environmentally sensitive areas such as Waterberg Biosphere and Brits Golf Course in South Africa, sustainability is more than a concept, but a standard that is regularly practiced.

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 the finer detail. This resulted in M Square Lifestyle Design and M Square Lifestyle Necessities being established in association with Nico van der Meulen Architects.  The combination of all three companies’ expertise inspires the architecture of living spaces.

M Square Lifestyle Design is an interior design practice creating bold and contemporary design solutions whilst M Square Lifestyle Necessities is an upmarket furniture and décor showroom with a selection of the finest imported furniture from design studios around the world.

The innovative architectural vision of the Nico van der Meulen 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.


As an architectural practice that is well renowned internationally, Nico van der Meulen Architects supplies creative solutions that are customised to suit each client’s personal requirements. Through working closely with all its clients to ensure optimal satisfaction, the practice has accomplished astounding success in the design of upmarket residential homes. The company’s innovative architectural vision is evident in its ability to continuously produce outstanding architecture that is personalized in accordance with the homeowners’ lifestyle requirements.

The company’s work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, hardcover books and thousands of websites all over the world. Nico has been interviewed on radio and television on numerous occasions and his designs have been featured in television programmes both locally and abroad.

Nico van der Meulen Architects areas of expertise include:

  • Contemporary buildings
  • Additions and alterations
  • Classical buildings
  • Commercial buildings

Nico van der Meulen Architects, together with M Square Lifestyle Design and M Square Lifestyle Necessities, provides a complete design experience: architecture, interior design and interior décor, fusing together to create stunning spaces where all the parts form the perfect whole. For the client’s convenience, Nico van der Meulen Architects recommends project managers to handle the monthly payments and other administration during the construction phase.

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M Square Lifestyle Design was founded by Nico van der Meulen Architects with the sole purpose of being able to offer clients a seamless design from the exterior through to the interior spaces. The team of interior architects ensures that the interiors are designed and detailed to complement the overall appearance of the design.

Their scope of work includes the detailed design and specification of all interior elements including: kitchen, bathrooms, staircases, lighting, custom designed cabinetry, cupboards, ceilings, flooring and wall finishes. It is of utmost importance to the architectural firm as a whole that the interior and exterior of its designs are seen as one, and through M Square Lifestyle Design, clients get an effective transition between the two.



M Square Lifestyle Necessities is the interior design and décor show room that was formed in association with Nico van der Meulen Architects. All items in the store are carefully selected to redefine internal spaces with uniquely selected items of the highest quality sourced from around the world; this includes contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories imported from top designers all over the world.

Clients entering the showroom have the opportunity to become immersed in an environment that exemplifies a point of view that the practice wants to share, and that is the philosophy of “total design”. The highly acclaimed retail store has built partnerships with some of Europe’s leading furniture, lighting and home accessories manufacturers: B&B Italia, Molteni & C, Vitra, Foscarini, and Tom Dixon, to name a few. The exclusive collection is displayed in beautifully styled room settings that convey a message of luxury, comfort and good design.



Nico Van Der Meulen Architects
43 Grove Street
South Africa

M Square Lifestyle Necessities Showroom:

Shop 3/4, Illovo Square Shopping centre,
3 Rivonia Road, Illovo,


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