It started with a quartet of bloody-minded entrepreneurs determined to reshape the design and build game. Dan Heyworth, who had previously founded an eco-building company born out of the leaky homes crisis, his brother-in-law Nat Holloway, a construction manager, and architect Tim Dorrington first bonded over modernist design. When builder Nat Jakich came on board, they had the roots of a company which balanced innovative ideas with practical reality.
Box™ launched in 2008 and is now an SME (small medium enterprise) that employs 40. The idea to “reshape architecture” in order to make good design more attainable remains a driving force.
The Box™ aesthetic is inspired by modernists such as Richard Neutra and Craig Ellwood whose Case Study houses in California re-defined the floor-plan of the modern home. “Our houses have a similar clean-lined look, with open plan layouts and floor-to ceiling glass that suits the relaxed Kiwi style,” says Dan.
Having designed some 250 houses, the company continues to invest in R&D, looking internationally to investigate emerging methods of prefabrication that can slot into the New Zealand landscape. “When elements are manufactured under controlled conditions, it means improvements in the quality and speed of the build,” explains Dan.
Designing to modular sizes (increments of standard building materials) is another cornerstone philosophy although not one that has been welcomed by all with open arms. Kiwis love bespoke buildings, so a re-education as to the possibilities is needed.
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