The Madisonhouse is located on a West facing knoll overlooking a dramatic mountain range at the eastern end of the Coachella Valley. The area is known for its extreme summer heat and severe winds. During the winter months however the area is paradise – clear, sunny and temperate days, with cooler nights perfect for the indoor outdoor modern lifestyle made famous in photographs by Julius Shulman.
A complex series of fluid living spaces set within a meandering perimeter that arcs, folds and stretches in response to sun, landscape and views.
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House Ber, the latest masterpiece by Nico van der Meulen Architects and M Square Lifestyle Design is an indication of
what happens when granite, steel, light and water come together. Situated in Midrand, House Ber presents itself as a
sequence of irregular steel bars randomly placed creating patterned façades which initially were conceived to represent
security but now have become the very feature which distinguishes this house from its surrounding.
The house simply rectangular in form is structured around the living room as the centre of this home. Unimposing and
nearly invisible, the frameless glass doors seamlessly separate the interior from the exterior. Thresholds’ being kept to a
minimum leaves one wondering whether you have just stepped inside or outside.
Stairs disguised as Granite slabs punched with steel inserts, one cannot help but glide down the entrance hall into the
living spaces. M Square Lifestyle Design’s final product presents black steel inlays that are seen throughout the house in
various forms. Ensuring that each room captured a feeling of transparency, M Square Lifestyle Design demonstrated their
ability to work with materials in their purest forms, making use of natural products like marble floors and Caesarstone
kitchen counter tops. The illuminated ceilings highlight the contrasts between different textures and forms, leaving you
in a state of anticipation as you move through this house. In keeping with the theme of randomly placed steel bars, the
interior designers conceptualized a line drawn across the house linking all elements and spaces together. In doing so, they
managed to create a feeling of connection that can be felt throughout the house.
M Square Lifestyle Necessities provided the final touch in furnishing this house with European furniture pieces and
lighting to compliment the design, while Regardt van der Meulen’s sculpture livens up the space in its tri-dimensionality.
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This weekend house is located on heavily ti-treed sand hills adjacent the ocean beach in Rye. Its spiral configuration is a spatial device which responds to the difficult topography, it is also a figure rich in coastal allusions. By passing the spiral back through itself the house has become the mathematical concept of the Klein Bottle. This strategy has unlocked a new series of relationships and sequential spatial experience. The ‘contents’ of the ‘bottle’ are a rectilinear platform and walls which make the abstract geometry inhabitable. A dramatic stair winds around an internal courtyard picking up the bedrooms of the house as it ascends, the journey ending in the great living room. Externally the building is predominantly clad in cement sheeting, simultaneously recalling both folded origami, tents and the ubiquitous ‘fibro-shack’. The building is supported on a traditional timber stud frame – pushed to its physical limit.
Perched on a bluff overlooking Block Island Sound, the property is a flag lot at the edge of a new subdivision, bordered on three sides by water, wetlands, and woods. The client asked us to design a house with a minimal impact on the pristine landscape, maximum exposure to the views and all the amenities of a year round vacation home. The basic requirements of each space were considered integrally with the effects of sunlight, breezes and views. The house was conceived as a lens, continually framing and magnifying the subtle changes in the surrounding environment.
Modern Architecture, Ocean Views, and Golf Course Living in La Jolla, California.
Contemporary home designed by famed architect Wallace Cunningham.