Architecture, city, houses

Explore the legendary Round House

Marijke Willemse
The Round House in Pretoria is built on a steep slope that overlooks the Magaliesberg range. 

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.

round house Every detail of the house was carefully constructed and designed to make use of its unusual shape.

round house The main bedroom in the Round House is simple, almost institutional, and the artist's aesthetic is evident throughout.

round house In the dining room, as in the remainder of the house, the palette of soft greys and muted tones provides a perfect foil for contrasting materials and textures.

round house Natural light pours in through the large windows in the living space, which proves that style,  comfort and functionality can coexist effortlessly.

round house Artfully curated objets d'art create vignettes in various spaces.

round house Cooler hues are complemented by warm wooden elements in the study, which is both functional and a showcase for Margaret Nel's art.