Firmly positioned on a koppie looking out towards the Magaliesberg range is an iconic residence in Arcadia, Pretoria, that is also the home of prominent South African artist Margaret Nel. The Round House, as it is known, was designed by German architect May von Langenau in ‘Pretoria Modernist’ style. It was built in 1961 and has become as much a part of the city’s architectural identity as any of its historic buildings.
The interior design is perhaps just as compelling, with soft colours in a muted palette, and the home’s almost institutional mood is broken by its owner’s striking artwork. Nel’s creativity is evident throughout, with each space carefully curated into a visual story. House and Leisure had the opportunity to explore this space.