Nico van der Meulen
The architectural practice, Nico 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.
“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 whilst our facades could have any form, and be associated with any style, our 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.