Our world is already full of pretty houses, and now we have one more to admire. Take a look how famous South African architecture office turned basic construction element into impressive modern home!

Newest masterpiece in residential architecture comes from one of my favorite architects, Nico van der Meulen Architects and their partners, M Square Lifestyle Design. The Concrete House is one one of those pretty houses you just can’t ignore. It is built on the steep face of the hillside in Bedfordview. Bedfordview is an affluent town on the East Rand, situated in Gauteng, South Africa. It borders a serene nature reserve, making it ideal place to build a beautiful house.

Pretty houses are built on beautiful location

The concept for this pretty house was inspired by the location itself. The idea was to make architecture act as an extension to the rocky hillside: “This insertion/extension aims to deliver just that, as it is firmly rooted to the hillside through some impressive engineering, while also protruding out of the hillside as if it were shaped and morphed over time into its current condition”. Good evidence of the idea execution is probably a garage entrance – large, almost 5 m high and 4 m wide 4-ton garage doors designed to mimic the stone and the hillside. House entrance also has some delicate details, like inlayed strip lights depicting the morse code translation of the clients family name.

Materials defining this pretty house

Due to its mass, solidity and firmness, an execution of the initial concept requested concrete to be the primary material used in construction of this pretty house. Raw concrete by itself of course looks way to cold for a family home. The atmosphere was softened by the use of timber, “enhanced with the implementation of marble and contrasted by mild steel elements, malleable ceilings and clear glass for filtering light into the house (into the hillside)” making this pretty house look modern and classy. This interior design magic was done by the M Square Lifestyle Design, just like in other beautiful modern homes designed by this South African architecture office. See this contemporary house in Blair Athol for example, or one of the best houses in the world; Kloof Road House.

So, how do you like the Concrete House? Does it fits in the category of pretty houses? Let me know in the comment section below!

All photos © Nico van der Meulen Architects

Garage entrance on pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Entrance and concrete facade on pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Facade of pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Glass facade on pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects at night

Facade of pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Entrance into pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Art inside of pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Modern staircase in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Indoor pool in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Swimming pool in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Pool table in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Furniture in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Modern living room in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Bright living room in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Bright modern interior in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Interior of pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Modern dining room in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Interior design of pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Stairs in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Terrace at night in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Terrace at night in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Kitchen entrance in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Pond hallway in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Office inside the pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Office design in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Home office in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Home theater in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Gym in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Modern bedroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Bedroom view in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Open wall in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Terrace and glass wall in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Large bathroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Interior design details in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Modern bedroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Master bedroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Guest living room in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Green kids bedroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Yellow kids bedroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Kids bedroom terrace in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Blue kids bedroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Pink bedroom in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Outside the pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Stairs towards pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Another terrace in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Terrace view in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Outdoor terrace in pretty house designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects