Practice Who we are & how we work

Buildings that empower and enhance lives

Gel is a group of passionate architects coming together to collaborate with forward-thinking clients.

We work with you to create buildings that empower and enhance the lives of those who live or work in them. We create homes where people love to live, we build workplaces that are all about positivity, efficiency and enhanced profitability.

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Approach

At Gel Architects we create unique architectural responses to the opportunities in every project.

This begins with exploring a narrative to inform the design, which in turn will enrich our built forms, giving them more story and character. This narrative may be a response to the geology below the building; it may be inspired by the outlook; historical events associated with the land, a former or present use of the site, or, in the case of a renovation, the story of the building itself.

This approach gives our projects a ‘creative compass’, which we use to test our initial design thinking. This not only helps ensure continuity within all aspects of the finished building; it also brings individuality to the built form, helping it to escape predictability and sameness.

Where to start

It can be a difficult process choosing your architect and understanding the designing and building process. Let us tell you a little about how we do things here at Gel, and take you through each stage of the design process, as well as providing some links to helpful websites. ...Read more

A collaborative culture

Gel Architects believes strongly in presenting thought-through design concepts that will stimulate and excite clients – while also being robust enough to withstand close scrutiny from others involved in the project. Our internal working method is a large contributor to this. This method involves taking input from the entire team, in the form of full critique sessions which interrogate the work. If it doesn’t stand up, we’ll soon find out. If opportunities have been missed, we’ll be told. How much further we can take the positives – we’ll know that too.

We often invite clients to these sessions. You’ll see many minds working together to evolve or refine the solution – and this is when the project truly gels.

Capabilities

Gel Architects bring exceptional skills to the field of Auckland’s urban and suburban intensification. We have the ability to conceive and execute design-led solutions that both differentiate and add value to developments. In today’s market, this is crucial for both the developer and, ultimately, the homeowner.

This begins with a clear understanding of what our clients really want.

If you’re a homeowner, you want a creative design solution that meets your needs (perhaps a solution you have not have yet considered). Whether it’s a new home or a renovation, you want to love the project every step of the way, from the initial drawings to you moving in. You can trust us to guide you through the process, and ensure that your solution is practical and buildable – and good value for money.

If you’re a developer, the ultimate goal is a profitable result. This will be done through maximising the development potential. You will appreciate the value of good design, not only in the aesthetics but also the functionality of the buildings. Our experience is that great design can result in great yields for you.

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