types of work
THE DESIGNFIRE is comprised of some of the best architects and engineers in New Zealand, offering a wide range of specialist expertise and making us your one-stop shop for commercial architecture and passive fire design.
Our architects and engineers stay up-to-date with the latest advances in residential building design and legislation, making it easier to meet your requirements while fully complying with council codes and regulations.
Our architects and engineers have been designing new homes and residential developments for almost two decades. Our collaborative approach means we work with you to create a space that is both functional and aesthetically beautiful.
No project is too big or too small for the team at THE DESIGNFIRE. We are committed to helping you create a home you’ll love and that serves your lifestyle, within your budget and timeframes.
THE DESIGNFIRE specialises in all types of re-cladding in Auckland, helping you update the look of your home and/or provide better protection from the elements.
Our dedicated, passionate, and highly talented project team will work with you from start to finish, putting ideas on paper, researching looks and styles, sourcing products, to your completed interior design project.
Residential and Commercial Architectural Design Portfolio
With our integrated approach, THE DESIGNFIRE architects and fire prevention engineers work with clients to provide the best architectural design and passive fire solutions. Some of our recent architectural achievements are shown below – please get in touch with us to see more.
Working alongside THE DESIGNFIRE was easy; it couldn’t have been better. They handled the council work, provided faster responses to minor variation and the team on site found the plans easy to read. We did have challenges, with the change of specifications for a couple of products. Through the job we had to hold up, waiting for the consents for the minor changes. THE DESIGNFIRE handled all of this work, and we found it easy.
THE DESIGNFIRE handled the architectural and the passive fire, which made it easy for us. We had a few challenges on-site with passive fire, and due to the fact that we’re dealing with one team, that was resolved quickly and efficiently.
We definitely would recommend THE DESIGNFIRE. We look forward to working with them again in the future. They are easy to work with, and we really enjoyed working with them.”
—Harland Murray, Statesman Projects
“I have worked with THE DESIGNFIRE since 2014 with projects ranging from residential developments and high-end holiday homes. THE DESIGNFIRE has indeed become not only my company’s “Chief Designer” but also my “Personal Design Adviser”. THE DESIGNFIRE was engaged for all of our high-end residential developments and all of my holiday homes in Auckland. They were able to help me as a single point of responsibility with initial concept designs, material and colour selections right through to implementation and build, all within a set budget and timescale. I gained two fundamental benefits from employing THE DESIGNFIRE.
One is the design itself. They were able to take a few basic and rather uncertain ideas of mine and show how they could be realised to best effect. They put forward the most incredible ideas for floor plans, spatial quality, interior design, and special architectural features. They were particularly amazing at coming up with solutions, and improvising, for the areas I hadn’t considered. Sourcing everything would have taken me weeks, or never at all. I have to say that they have a wonderful and trendy taste of design ideas. They always give you choices and add some interesting things in that you just wouldn’t have thought of, but that work beautifully.
Another one is commercial benefits. Our clients were all extremely happy with the design solution in our development, and they believe our product is different from those by other developers. I believe THE DESIGNFIRE’s design had some good influence here. Speaking of my own holiday houses, while I’ve only got to enjoy a few days in a year, most of the other times were rented out short term, and the return has been amazing. The stylish houses that THE DESIGNFIRE created generated huge interest and made my houses really popular in the area.”
—Frank Li, Luxury Infinity Investment Group Limited
“THE DESIGNFIRE was recommended to us via work, and we loved their way of just listening to what we wanted, not forcing anything on us and were always at the end of the phone when we needed to talk to them.
They were listening and helping us get the best house we could have. When I compare it to other similar homes on our street, that had the same concept plan, I’m so so so happy we used THE DESIGNFIRE and changed it all around. We even swapped the whole house around by having the master bedroom in the front upstairs so we could maximise the view of the boats and golf club. Thanks, THE DESIGNFIRE we love our house.”
—Jacqui, proud house owner
“We employed THE DESIGNFIRE as the lead consultant to get the Building Consent on our two stories, 40 units motel development in Oamaru. THE DESIGNFIRE was led by Louie Kang.
In their capacity as the lead consultants, THE DESIGNFIRE was required to coordinate with several specialist consultants including geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, civil works designers and planners to compile all the necessary documentation to submit the Building Consent application to Waitaki District Council for the proposed development.
In Oamaru, in the recent past, there has been no such project of this magnitude proposed to council. Hence it was quite new to the staff at the consenting authorities to deal in several specialist areas. This, in return, became an extremely challenging task for THE DESIGNFIRE to make timely technical decisions and professional judgements when dealing with the Consenting Authorities.
THE DESIGNFIRE has shown the highest degree of professionalism, particularly Louie Kang in dealing with various parties to get the Building Consent within budget and time. We are very satisfied with THE DESIGNFIRE’s performance.”
—Hari De Alwis, Goodland Development Limited
“THE DESIGNFIRE has worked closely with KN Building on numerous projects. They have always delivered on what has been agreed to and are a cost-effective architectural solution. They offer the complete package from simple designs to design and build with all engineering aspects taken care of through their network of partners they have formed over the years. THE DESIGNFIRE is KN Building’s first choice when architectural elements are required for any project.”
—J Boom, KN Building
“My name is Farzbod Taefi. I am the director of Skills Update Training Institute.
About five years ago, in conjunction with NMIT, we purchased a site on 42 Upper Queen Street. This building needed a lot of renovation and make-over, so we handed the design amongst a number of architectural firms, and the most attractive design came from THE DESIGNFIRE.
We found them very flexible and receptive to our comments and ideas. I think it was the winning card for us as the client. Getting the permits through the council is not an easy task. They had good contacts in the council, they were well known to the council, and that really sped up the process. I think if we’ve chosen another group of architects, this project may have taken twice as long. We have recommended THE DESIGNFIRE to many people and referred them to Louie. You know the sample of his work is here, and people can see what they can get.”
—Farzbod Taefi, Skills Update Training Institute