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All-Day Parking

Unless you were a local, you’d never know that behind the street façade of this home, is a leafy-and-lovely view of Grey Lynn park. Admittedly it looks a little different to its colonial-era neighbours. The site is long and skinny (think 40 metres x 11.7 metres wide), but also steep. That might seem tricky for…

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History at its Heart

Design manager Tony Borland-Lye discusses his favourite Auckland building   As an architecture student at Auckland University, when Tony Borland-Lye headed off on food-finding missions between lectures, he usually took the scenic route through Albert Park, before dropping down into the laneways and alleys that run between High and O’Connell Streets. Then, as now, this…

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Keeping it Real

A cluster of cabbage trees stretching into the sky, against a backdrop of islands and ocean, is an iconic indicator that locates this property immediately in New Zealand. The Cordyline australis that grow here are well-loved because the owners of this spectacular site are not only nurturers of nature but keen gardeners too. When they…

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Why William the Conqueror is partly to blame for our housing problems

The quest to create affordable housing in New Zealand is an interminable dilemma. But as Dan Heyworth writes, the issue comes from the old British feudal land system on which ours is based. Recently I was involved in a project that responded to government calls to use off-site manufacturing to bring affordability to the housing…

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Brand New Inspired Design

Box™ Design and BuiltFor Sale – 12a Helen Place St Heliers Auction 12th AugustOpen Homes. | Saturday 1st August 1-1:30pm, Sunday 2nd August 1-1:30pmPaul Neshausen MBA. | Barfoot & ThompsonMOBILE 021 345 887 Packed with inspired details that make everyday living more enjoyable, this spacious brand new 4-bedroom home is a chic modern hideaway in a super-quiet, super-safe…

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How the interiors process works

You’ve seen the interiors in Box™ houses right? The way they look so cohesive and complete and well, just darn fantastic actually. We can’t take all the credit because, while our clients come to us for our design smarts, they generally tend to be the type that want a fair bit of say too. This…

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The Joy of Difficulty

How we tackle a problematic site Is there such a thing as the perfect site? That depends on how you look at it. While many believe a roomy, flat section is the ultimate find, Box™ designers would argue that having challenges to face actually gives them some interesting parameters to work with. Under pressure, we…

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Box features in VIVA

Dan talks about how lockdown has changed the way we think about home. Check out the full article in the New Zealand Herald Magazine – Viva – https://www.viva.co.nz/article/at-home/Home-Where-I-Want-to-Be/

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Colour in architecture

Box™ advocates incorporating a splash of rainbow attitude into your new build or renovation Black is not back Any colour as long as it’s black. While that is a broad-brush statement, this does seem to be the motto of architects everywhere – you see it in their clothes and in their cars so little wonder…

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Show me the money

It may seem gauche to launch into talking about money from the get-go but, when you’re considering who will design and build what is probably the biggest investment of your life, cost is always front of mind so it’s bound to come up sooner or later. We prefer sooner. Really we do. And when the…

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The dos and don’ts of building in a heritage zone

When it comes to building in city-fringe suburbs where villas and bungalows predominate, protecting Auckland’s architectural heritage is important. But that doesn’t mean slavishly copying the design ideas of the past. Showing respect is a given but equally vital is to create good-looking homes that key into the wider neighbourhood without compromising lifestyle. When zoning…

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Looking back to the future

Auckland’s architecture has around 150 years of colonial built history to look back on, a residential suburban landscape pocketed with examples that morphed with the times through the decades. Box™ is well-known for its commitment to the modernist style – the architecture of the mid-century – in particular the case study houses of California that…

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As we were saying….

The term ‘form follows function’ is used so frequently in architectural discourse that is has become as clichéd as ‘indoor/outdoor flow’. So what does it actually mean?When architect Louis Sullivan (a pioneer of the American skyscraper) coined the phrase in 1896, he originally used the words “form ever follows function” and the simple premise was…

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Box™ Project Diaries

Box™ Diaries will be a regular post showcasing our new builds during construction and at final completion, or handover day! Check out the first video in the series. This project is 40minutes from Auckland in a stunning location. The videos give you an unfiltered overview; no furniture, no landscaping… https://youtu.be/wtEex4yeWPo

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Bringing home the lessons of the lockdown

As an SME operating in the design and construction industry, Box™ needs to be nimble. We believe in testing the waters of interesting design-and-build ideas but are quick to pivot if the uptake or financials don’t stack up. So what has the Covid crisis taught us? Well, there’s the human side. Several Box™ clients contacted…

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Exploring Auckland Architecture: Holy Trinity Cathedral

Design Lead Caitlin Bartlett discusses her favourite Auckland building Inspiring awe – that is the exalted goal that Caitlin Bartlett believes architects should pursue in their work and the Bishop Selwyn Chapel at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland is a building that is elevated into this realm. Designed by Fearon Hay Architects in…

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Box™ interview M2 Summit

Andre Rowell, Editor of M2 Magazine interviews guests on practical advice for you & your business to survive the Covid-19 crisis. One of the guests is our very own Dan Heyworth.  https://m2magazine.co.nz/looking-at-the-market-now-and-in-the-future/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=86065084&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-939Zd5nTlNA2V7MAh7E3F0-p_l8oGBcNu6lWnln8O8zKWUkPsruprgePlAzh3iLxSTCBupv-oDhsuHnDvoIJLCadDIEA&_hsmi=86065084

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Exploring Auckland Architecture: Domain Wintergardens

Box™ Design Lead Nicola Liew discusses her favourite Auckland building When her parents first took her to visit the Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, Nicola Liew was just five years old – but the occasion left an indelible impression in the young girl’s mind.” I remember being in awe of the beautiful colours and lush…

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Please join the Box™ team for a Live Webinar on Friday 17th April 10:00am

You can register for the webinar at the link below: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/6r69jhlh We’ll be addressing some timely topics such as: Cost and debt reduction – getting more for your budget Creating spaces you love to be in Planning for self-sufficiency – now and for the future Designing and living simpler – what does this mean? How…

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Box™ Wins – Highly Commended at the NZ Wood Awards

Due to Covid-19 the awards ceremony was cancelled. Box™ received the following email from WPA and NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards: NZ Wood Resene TDA Winners Booklet 2020 – final-compressed WPMA and NZ Wood are delighted to advise that you are this years’ Highly Commended of  the “Interior Design Award” with your project “Lara…

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