The outcome of the forward-looking Victoria Lot 60 competition demonstrates the importance of design that is an insightful response to site-specific conditions. . . the sort of thing that architects are supposed to be good at. The winning design, by Antanas Procuta Architects, is an instructive engagement with issues that make sustainable suburbia a tough nut to crack.
Antanas Procuta Architects have taken a consistently restrained and disciplined approach to the geometry, materials and details of each individual dwelling, and allowed much of the rich character of the development to grow out of the numerous local inflections of both house and site planning.
Where Antanas Procuta Architects offer real innovation is in the design of individual lots and their dwellings, to achieve density targets without compromising resident amenity.
Professor John Hunt
Competition Advisor and chair of the judging panel
One of the desired outcomes of the new office design was a change in the culture in our office, involving as it did a move to a largely open plan environment. The architects gave this aspect a lot of attention, not only in the design of the layout but also in the communication with our team. Antanas Procuta Architects assisted us in communicating the change and the reasons for it. We are very satisfied with our new working environment.
Cleland Hancox Chartered Accountants
The area was limited in size, but Antanas Procuta Architects produced workplace concepts that allowed maximum use of the area, while still producing excellent workplace dynamics. I was impressed with the way that they engaged our staff to gain a clear understanding of what was needed. . . they would come back after a few days with concepts that had features that we had not thought of, and delivered more than we had ever envisaged.
The complete renovation of Te Ahurutanga building, both internally and externally, has drawn compliments those that can now appreciate its total transformation. Antanas Procuta Architects rises well to these challenges with a refreshing enthusiasm and professionalism, and demonstrates the ability to empathise and anticipate the need of the building users.
University of Waikato
It was Antanas’ ability to want to look a the complete picture, taking into account the building history, its previous design features, the buildings location, the building’s use (past, present, future), that enabled such an appropriate and striking design. The project was not without adversity, but Antanas’ complete professionalism and fast track approach to problem solving enabled the project to continue running smoothly.
Hamilton City Council
Geoff Lentz was the lead architect on our project and he made it work because he listened with intent and drew with passion.
It would be hard to overstate the joy that the beach house which Antanas created with us has given me. I have the same sense of wonder walking into it now as I did when it was newly finished seven years ago. The house has a wonderful feeling due to well-thought through spaces, including self-contained guest quarters, combined with innovative touches. It provides comfort year round while cleverly embracing the desire for both sun and shade in summer. I have been impressed with the care and attention Antanas has paid to preservation and maintenance. It will continue to be my haven for many years to come.
It was important that we engaged an architect that valued student ideas and had knowledge and passion for the environment; to see our vision come true. Antanas Procuta Architects met these criteria. Antanas Procuta Architects have demonstrated a high level of professionalism, offering expertise based on sound research, with an understanding of the latest trends and environmental initiatives. Their expertise was a major contributor to the success of our project.
Michelle White, David Mossop