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Design & Function

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 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 championed…

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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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Bringing Art Home

Design Lead Tim Hogarth discusses his favourite Auckland building Tim Hogarth has an eye for finely-designed buildings that knit together our urban landscape (actually some might call that an obsession). When he’s not working as a design lead at Box™, he’s researching, drawing and building miniature models of the world’s most fantabulous skyscrapers – see…

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Box™ and M2 Magazine

It’s great to be working with M2 Magazine. Take a look at the Box™ articles in M2Woman channel pages. Design Excellence

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Designed for you – and the Neighbours

Architecture that embraces the shape of families and their futures should also look outwards – and be a good citizen of the built environment The changing face of the residential landscape in Auckland, and the regulation that surrounds this, brings with it opportunity and its inevitable partner – challenge. The Unitary Plan has allowed intensification…

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Three Cheers for our Peers

At Box™, the pursuit of excellence is a habit we encourage so we are always happy to give credit where it’s due. At the recent National Awards evening of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year event, we were thrilled to be among so many like-minded finalists. The awards, held in November, are a…

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Beyond the Cost of Housing in New Zealand

If you’re seriously in the market to build a new house, you’ve probably already investigated the cost-per-square metre of various architects, design-and-build outfits or group house builders. It’s a figure prospective homeowners seem to become fixated on and, far apart from the fact that it’s often an erroneous measure of evaluation (there are no industry…

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Designed Around YOU! – A Box™ Mindset

New Zealanders love to create – they’re not the sit back and let-it-happen sorts. Innovation and action is in their genes. That’s why when it comes to the design of their own homes, in general, they’re pretty involved. We get that. Our architectural team moulds our design to your lifestyle and your ideas. Yes, we…

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Proud Box™ Team!

The team were super excited to win 3 Golds and 1 Category Winner at the NZ House of the Year Awards on Saturday 10th August. We would love to add a 5th award, having been nominated for the Top 100 Gold Reserve National Finals…(to be announced in November) On the night the team were joined…

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Box™ article in Stuff

How to beat the winter blues by turning your bathroom into a relaxing retreat! https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/community/113245616/how-to-beat-the-winter-blues-by-turning-your-bathroom-into-a-relaxing-retreat Nothing beats immersing yourself in a bath full of steaming water to soothe the chill from your bones in winter. The earlier the evenings draw in, the quicker you can retreat to the bathroom for some ‘me’ time. Clinical-looking, all-white…

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Box™ Wins an Award

Box™ received a Highly Commended Award at the 2019 Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) – category (Architect-Designed Kitchen)

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Box™ features in HOUSES Magazine

OUTSIDE THE BOX A steep, narrow site on Waiheke Island provided the perfect opportunity for Box™ to deliver its modular architecture. HS52_Project_Waiheke_Box

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NEW 12-unit development ’90 Swaffield’

Box™ is super proud to be working with one of New Zealand’s more ambitious and considered developers on a new 12-unit development ’90 Swaffield’ It’s not often that developers come to us with an agenda of quality, design and social conscience, but these guys have been able to make it work. Over the last 18…

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