Reshaping Architecture

How it all began

When American architect Frank Lloyd Wright predicted in 1908 that in the future, architecture would have fewer forms, fewer lines and yet be more articulate, pure and elegant, he was right on the money. Wright’s Usonian houses and the Bauhaus movement went a step further and attempted to merge elegant design with the benefits of efficient construction and mass production. It is this idea that became the founding principle of BoxTM Design & Build.

The fundamental question is: “How do we bring accessible architecture to more people?” It is a failure of the business of design and construction that less than 3% of residential homes are designed by architects. That’s not to say that the other 97% is terrible, but when you look at the quality of the current housing stock, the performance of the homes, the shortage of houses and the high cost of building, there is something obviously wrong that needs to be fixed. To fix it we need a different approach to the way homes are designed and built.

For a more in-depth read about the Box™ Purpose, please click here

Dan Heyworth


Nicola Liew

Design Lead

Glenn Collamat

Box™ Accountant

Ryan Palmer

Quantity Surveyor

Markus Ashton

Box™ Site Foreman

Tim Hogarth

Design Lead

Nat Holloway

Director | QS

BoxTM was borne from the collective skills of the four company partners – an architect, builder, project manager and innovator. The goal was to fuse the businesses of architecture and construction - to get architects to start to think like builders and vice versa. Then, by using elements of repetition in both the technical design details and the process of building, we would make the process faster and more cost certain.

Box™ is a team of designers and builders in Auckland. The company delivered its first home in 2009 and has designed and built hundreds of homes all around New Zealand.

We have recently set up a sister company Artis which delivers beautifully designed, fixed-floorplan, small homes at an affordable price.