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 highlight of our year. We were invited to attend as the Auckland regional winner in the New Home $1-$1.5 million category – a rural property that we termed a ‘modernist barn’ because it fuses elements of an agricultural vernacular with mid-century features. It was an evening among colleagues who are the best in our industry – and a chance to celebrate a shared commitment to delivering excellence.  

Although we didn’t step onto the podium on the night, we are still proud of those who received the official accolades. These awards are an important benchmark for design innovation and built quality in our field of residential architecture.   

Proving simplicity can be sublime Urban Homes in the Waikato crafted an elongated cabin where the exterior gives no hint of the industrial-chic aesthetic within. The dwelling received a special award for its eco sensitivity: its material palette has a definite nod to the DOC hut and its pared-back uncomplicated form achieves an appropriately low-key presence in the rural landscape.

The Box™ design roots lie in Californian modernism, particularly the Case Study houses, so our appreciation of a Farm Cove home by Litehouse that took out the National Lifestyle Award for Outdoor Living was amplified. Horizontal planes float through and above a glass box which connects seamlessly to the deck and a pool which reflects the proportions of the home. The craftsmanship was exacting and that pool was cool and inviting.

But our biggest shout out goes to the Supreme winner on the night: Spearhead Developments. The home, designed by Australian architect James Stockwell, emerges organically from the tussock land in the foothills of the Pisa Range. The amazing architecture, with an angular roof and timber-lined faceted ceiling based on the origami-like Miura fold, was brilliantly brought to life by Nick Mizzi of Spearhead and a dedicated team of craftspeople. Sheer artistry.

There are times in life when we need to sit back and applaud those that succeed – and succeed well – in what can be a challenging, shifting and risky industry. This was one of those times. Box™ would like to say well done to each and every award winner. We are pleased to stand alongside you and be part of the community that is committed to building quality-driven homes for great clients in this wonderful country.