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Design & Function

Certainty of Cost

When it comes to designing and building, certainty is everything: certainty of what you’re going to get, certainty of quality and time, and the ‘biggie’ for most homeowners, certainty of cost. Building costs increased in 2016 by between 7.4% and 17% (depending on whose numbers you trust), and with the ongoing shortage of new builds,…

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Humble riches

The region of SaPa in north Vietnam is eye opening to your average Westerner for several reasons. Firstly, it’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of frenetic construction that is going on in the gateway town that was once a sleepy hill station. Difficult to understand, too, are the planning laws which would allow the…

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Splashback Style

Splashbacks used to be the kitchen equivalent of a feature wall – a statement piece in contrast to the homogenous cabinetry. These days, says Box™ interior designer Sam Elliot, the trend has changed. While some choose to highlight the splashback, others take a more low-key approach. “Our standard spec is back-painted glass as its glossy…

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Award-Winning Design & Function

Box™ mid-century modern design fits New Zealand lifestyle and built environment beautifully. We pride ourselves on the efficiency of our designs, the simplicity and beauty of our design aesthetic. For us it is about, light, proportion, good function and creating spaces that you will love being in. At Box™, we are mad on modernism –…

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Good Citizens

Box™ are well versed in implementing solar water heating, solar power, water collection and reticulation, and wastewater treatment. We live in perhaps the most awesome country on the most awesome planet we’re aware of, so why s*** in our own backyard? Unfortunately us Kiwis have not been great at doing this in the past. For…

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Hold the House Porn

Don’t get him started. Box™ Director | New Projects, Dan Heyworth has a new sermon for the soapbox. He calls it House Porn – and his barbs are aimed at the media: glossy magazines and glamour design websites that often only celebrate the superficial side of architecture. “They annoy me because they set artificially high…

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The heat is on

When the heat is on, and you’re at the coalface of the interior design, the conversation will eventually turn to fireplaces. We asked interior designer Sam Elliot to give us some guidelines so you don’t get all hot and bothered about the decision. What is the starting point for choosing a fireplace? Decide on a…

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Bamboo to you too

Bamboo is no longer a menace for the homeowner, but a boon. The building industry is embracing the reed that keeps on giving. Fast-growing bamboo is now made into ply that is extremely hardwearing, and well, rather pretty. Bamboo ply has a closer end grain and is made up of finer strips. The result has…

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A present of the past

Photo copyright © 2007 Open2View.com Inspired by the work of Czechoslovakian émigré Vlad Čačala, this project in Orakei, perched on a concrete plinth, is a contemporised version of many of the homes the architect designed in the 50s and 60s. Its front face is a rectangular box clad in dark-stained vertical grooved weatherboards. A length…

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It’s pine – but not as you know it

You’ve heard of glulam – the glued, laminated beams that Box™ uses in their post-and beam structure – but have you heard of XLAM? It’s an exciting new timber product that has huge potential, particularly in medium-density developments. We’re keen to align ourselves with young, innovative Kiwi companies and these large cross-laminated structural panels are…

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Getting past shit: How Box rethinks, reshapes and restarts

IDEALOG article, 06 Jul 2016 – Written by Claire McCall A random tweet gave Dan Heyworth, co-founder and Director of Box™, a combined architecture practice and construction company, cause to pause and reflect. After five years at the helm of Box, Heyworth saw his own experience reflected in a Twitter post. It read: The Creative Process 1. This is…

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Choosing Joinery: Six decisions to make

So ALL Box™ joinery is in aluminium right? Correct. But there are still many decisions to be made. Black. Silver. White: About 95% of homeowners go for our matt black joinery. And there’s a good reason for that. Not only is black in keeping with the low-key cladding of our homes, but it doesn’t reflect…

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10 design details that make the Box™ difference

Positive vibrations don’t just happen by chance. There’s some serious thinking behind the ‘feel-good’ factor that’s woven into the fabric of all our homes 1. Post-and-beam Our glulam (glued laminated) beams are part of our standardised kitset of parts. They are the framework of a flexible building system, the structural skeleton that makes putting together…

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It’s over our heads

One of the important factors you’ll need to consider when building is the roof over your head (literally). At Box™, we offer three options: Flat (ish) roof Modernism and flat roofs go together like bread and butter but, historically, they have been prone to leaks. Not anymore. While the laws of physics haven’t changed, the…

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Reading rooms…

If architecture was a gender, would it be male? Often design books speak in a masculine language and tone about form, function and ‘machines to live in’. That all changes in the pages of Simon Mawer’s novel The Glass Room, shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2009. Here is an author who can write…

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Past Masters of Modernism: the Alexanders

Investigate the history of modernist architecture and you’ll discover a landscape populated by visionaries. While architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra and Charles and Ray Eames, and Albert Frey, are fabulously feted for their contribution to the cause, developers of the time are the unsung heroes of the built…

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Five bright Ideas with lighting

Box™ interior designer, Sam Elliot, describes five ways that a good lighting plan lets the architecture of your home shine…   1. To allow better ambience in a living room, a combination of ceiling and wall lights are used. Light that bounces off the walls is more soothing and creates ambience and can be positioned…

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The good wood

Box™ is pleased to announce that a house we designed and built on Waiheke Island is a finalist in the 2015 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards. We were recognised in the Novel Application of Wood Awards. The home, which is lined with plywood, and features plywood cabinetry, vanities and built-in furniture, is also clad…

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Has Architecture Lost its Mojo?

A recent Forbes magazine article argued that the general public has a very low opinion of the architectural profession. We tend to think that’s because architects have lost touch with the common man – or woman. Why is this? “A lot of those who graduate want to be the ‘rock stars’ of the architectural world,”…

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Prefab past & present

Johaan Huf was a German Carpenter who had humble origins but much grander dreams. From a small but productive carpentry shop and sawmill that opened in 1912 in Hartenfels in the Westerwald region, he survived the challenges of two World Wars – and slowly built up a family-led empire that created what we know today…

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