No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.
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Artek 4 architecture and design was established in October 1989 as a result of an amalgamation  of two KwaZulu Natal practices: Bekker Hofman and Olaf Pretorius & Poole, with the express intent of providing wholistic client-based design solutions with a key focus of successful product delivery.We aim to achieve this by constant client interaction and education.This undoubtedly ensures a client’s full understanding of the eventual product. Our philosophy is to add value to our clients needs to no end.

This we will achieve by providing flexible, wholistic, well integrated, design solutions with the client being part of the process every step of the way. In this way, we will forge a solid foundation on which to build a long- lasting and fruitful relationship. The practice endeavours to create timeless solutions for an everchanging environment, cleverly ensuring that every stitch created contributes positively to the urban fabric. It is the aim of the practice to build relationships with other practices that share the same philosophies as ours, in order to create synergies toward a common goal of design delivery. The practice strongly promotes teamwork and skills transfer both within the practice and in joint- venture undertakings. The company has experience in Commercial, Industrial, Retail and Residential projects and is owned managed and resourced by 100% pdi individuals, thereby qualifying as an affirmable professional service.

 Artek 4 has exceedingly vast experience  in facets of architectural design and building developement, particularly in the residential, commercial, retail, industrial and healthcare sectors. We have extensive experience in a wide range of building types gained through numerous commissions from central provincial, and local government institutions and the private sector.

Artek 4 has been responsible for the design and implementation of numerous high-rise Office Towers in the Durban Central Business District, a number of major shopping complexes and retail buildings, a Teachers Training College, Schools, Hospitals and Clinics, Churches for various denominations and numerous residential projects including many in coastal and mountain resorts. The Practice also has considerable experience in airport design and construction and is supported by a fully integrated computer-aided design division. 
 
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The practice endeavours to create timeless solutions for an everchanging environment, cleverly ensuring that every stitch created contributes positively to the urban fabric. It is the aim of the practice to build relationships with other practices that share the same philosophies as ours, in order to create synergies toward a common goal of design delivery.