Wangaruru Site Model

Model making is a useful exercise for architects during the preliminary design stage. It allows us to experiment with forms on the site; and to figure out what does or does not work. We recently created a physical model for our Whangaruru project. We documented the process with photos below.   Step 1: Site Contours…

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Building Envelope and Passive Design

The main purpose of a dwelling is to is to provide shelter to its occupants from external environmental conditions. Environmental conditions are rain, wind, heat, light, and noise. The building envelope is the ‘skin’ of a building. It consists of the walls, windows, roof and floors that make up a building and separate internal spaces from external conditions.…

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Resource or Building Consent?

There are two types of consents in New Zealand; resource consent and building consent. The local authority (council) grants both consent to allow building work to proceed.    Resource Consent Written approval from the local council to carry out building work that may impact the environment or other people. Altering the overall form or character…

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Whangaruru Site Visit!

ROAD TRIP! Last month the DWA team visited one of our sites in the beautiful northern town of Whangaruru. The sunny weather was too good to stay indoors, so we left the office and headed up north for the day. The Journey: Whangaruru is a town just outside of Whangarei, about 3 hours from our…

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OUR NEW BLOG!

Welcome to Dixon Wild Architects’ new blog!   Follow along to gain an insight into our architectural practice. We will showcase current and past projects, office field trips and provide information about the design process.      

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