Aut vincere aut mori
Either to conquer or to die
Architect Daniel Nagaets Ukrainian, spends his time teaching to students, running his office in Kiev. After our request, he remembers one of his most challenging projects, restaurant Aut Vincere aut Mori and he answers our questions below.
- What kind of works in your portfolio are you most proud of and why?
“One project that I am very proud of is this restaurant and i think it will be a great project in the future too. In addition a Ritz Carlton hotel in Bermudas that is still under construction (cannot say much about this because it is a secret project). However we cannot forget few years ago a project in Bahamas, the Third Turtle Club & Spa in the Turks & Caicos Islands by RockResorts, a development with Luxury Suites, Spa, Restaurants, Private Yacht Harbor and Beach Club.”
- What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
” I don’t really have any noteworthy incident. We have of course difficult clients but I like difficult clients! They are the ones who pushes our limits, asking for more challenging projects meaning that we have to become more and more creative every time. A really frustrating aspect of our job is when the technical problems pop up . No matter if we have the perfect planning , the perfect developing strategy and an organised process.
On the other hand, there not a most rewarding moment than working with the best. With specialists from our office, locals and of course from abroad.”
- Tell us something unusual that happened in your career.
” Nothing special apart from the fact that when we moved to Kiev. Since then everything chanced. Not something unsual but much more challenging. I remember our first great project that we had to create it in virtual reality. I was the project i mentioned before the Third Turtle Club & Spa but since it was a huge complex, transforming it from paper to digital, revolutionized the design process!”
- If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
“I would still be creating restaurants but also public places .”
- What do you know about green technology and sustainable designs?
” I love the philosophy of environmentally sustainable design, environmentally conscious design, etc.) But only if the clients ask about it. Unfortunately in most of the cases the clients are not really interested, at least so far.”
- Finally, what are your future goals ?
” Well, I will still be teaching my students architecture and my studio is getting bigger and bigger every year. However, few months ago i became a father and this is the best project I ever had!”