Van Hulzen’s determined gaze is the physical manifestation of his penchant for details. It’s a characteristic he instills in his team. But while a tendency towards perfectionism runs through the firm’s ethos there is also a love for the chaos of imperfection. “If I do something, I do it well. But I love imperfection,” he explains. “The location and project inform the choices, almost like they’re guiding the style. If it gives you imperfection, you can embrace it and make it fit.”
Nothing gets in the way of functionality however. “We use space efficiently,” he says. “One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is not to compromise on functionality. It comes first. Every design choice has to have a purpose.” Sometimes it helps to show clients what doesn’t work in order to determine what does. “There is not always just one answer, everything depends on how the client wants to use the space; the technical aspect and the aesthetic need to meet.”
The ever-growing list of projects waiting for completion is a sign of the trust this young firm has built in a short time. Van Hulzen and his team work in all facets of the architectural journey – from new builds to renovations to interiors they consider the needs of the client as the foundation from which to build something functional as well as beautiful.