Nico van der Meulen Architects never cease to amaze with their jaw-dropping architectural projects that will make you pack your bags so fast you’ll forget to pack your underwear. Today, we tour House Serengeti, a North-facing, South African villa in Johannesburg.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

They mixed materials like rock, steel, wood, and glass, all that you’d expect to see in a classic modernist design, but this time, they used them for new applications. By the way, that pool looks so inviting!

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

Rusted steel slats were combined to provide some privacy but also as a linear design feature.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

Vistors walk a Balau timber walkway and pass over a koi pond to get to the front entrance.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

The interiors were designed by M Square Lifestyle Design and they created spaces that were understated, but at the same time, elegant with warm rich colors.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A large, pivoting glass door welcomes guests without blocking sight lines.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

Rock covers part of a wall in the kitchen and continues through to an exterior wall.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

They did the same thing in the bedrooms – rock-covered walls become focal points behind the beds.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

That might be the coolest looking toilet ever.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

The same Balau timber is used in the bathrooms. That’s right, wood on the bathroom floor.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

The bathrooms are void of any tile which is pretty cool. They used back-sprayed glass for privacy.

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

A South African Villa with Earthy Textures & Rich Finishes in main interior design architecture  Category

Photos by David Ross.