Building Material Selection

Building Material Selection: Material selection is an important aspect of new and existing building projects. Materiality can define a building’s presence in its surrounding environment, whether that be in a suburban streetscape or rural landscape. Material Selection is also key when designing sustainable, durable and efficient homes. Some considerations when selecting materials are listed below.  …

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Tamaki Drive Design Proposal

Tamaki Drive Design Proposal In 1998 Bruce Wild proposed to develop the Tamaki Drive shoreline. His proposal encouraged pedestrian access to the shoreline, recreating a forgotten beach below Tamaki Drive.     The proposal shown in the sketch above, 1998.   Proposed Site Takaparawha Point sits between Okahu and Mission Bays. Tamaki Drive hugs Takaparawha Point.…

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From sketch to design

The Architect’s sketch Architects use sketching to explore concepts and ideas. A single sketch can govern the overall form of a building. As was the case for one of our recent projects; a Kainga Ora (Housing New Zealand) walk up apartment in Mangere. We developed the initial concept, taking the project to the resource consent…

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Wangaruru Site Model

Making a site model 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…

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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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