In Conversation with Nico van der Meulen

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A renowned local architect that runs in the big leagues, to say the least, Nico van der Meulen has an expansive global portfolio (encompassing several thousand designs) that speaks volumes. His skills, together with his son, Werner, and a team of associate architects, expertly target the design of residence, but these homes go beyond the boundaries of everyday suburbia. In conversation with Nico, we uncover what it means to redefine residential luxury, the future of contemporary living, and the message that underlies it all.

How would you describe a ‘Nico van der Meulen client’?

Our clients represent individuals who share a profound appreciation for superb design, seeking homes that are not just living spaces but expressions of their identity and aspirations. We are drawn to those who understand the transformative power of architecture and desire residences that harmonise luxury with functionality. Our collaborative approach ensures that each project reflects the unique vision and lifestyle of our clients, resulting in homes that are both timeless and deeply personal.

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S Residence is a brilliant step towards the future of residential architecture. Can you tell us more about the design narrative?

The genesis of S Residence is not merely a stride towards the future, but also a bold leap into redefining the paradigms of residential living. Beyond its architectural grandeur, S Residence symbolises the convergence of innovation and human-centric design. It stands as a testament to our commitment to crafting spaces that seamlessly blend form with function, fostering harmony between inhabitants and their environment. Each facet of its design narrative unfolds as a symphony of spatial choreography, embracing both tradition and innovation to create a timeless expression of contemporary living.

What quote stands out as one that has stayed with you and meant something to you in your career?

One quote that has left an indelible mark on my architectural journey is by Maya Angelou: ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ This quote encapsulates the essence of architecture as a form of emotional resonance. It reminds me that beyond the physical structures we create, our true legacy lies in the emotions and experiences we evoke within the spaces we design. With this in mind, I strive to infuse every project with a sense of warmth, comfort, and inspiration, ensuring that each building becomes not just a structure, but a cherished memory in the hearts of its inhabitants.

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Which of your newest or in-progress projects have excited and motivated you the most?

While all our projects are exciting in their own right, one that particularly ignites my passion is Pioneer Villa. As the largest project our firm has undertaken thus far, its sheer complexity and scale present a thrilling challenge for our team, pushing us to innovate and explore new design possibilities. Every aspect of Pioneer Villa is centred around the client’s lifestyle, meticulously tailored to their individual requirements. With its opulent marvel of bespoke luxury living, we are inspired daily to tackle the unique opportunities and challenges this project presents, knowing that it has the potential to leave a lasting legacy in the world of architecture.

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