GELPI Projects is a design practice dedicated to examining the relationships between materiality and building concepts, by focusing on the material consequences of form. Through counterintuitive combinations of form and material properties, we seek to provoke unexpected feedback in the design process. By examining the familiar forms around us we find subtle ways of materializing architecture. We bend and stress materials and engage construction to find new opportunities through investigation, not by abandoning the material for the virtual, rather by collapsing them into a laminated reality, informed by the contradictions of both layers.
We explore architecture at specific scales, zooming in and out looking for unexpected behaviors of material and form. Our work cultivates a design practice that explores buildings in the city, spatial installations, furniture, material experiments and mockups, by examining architectural thinking across diverse scales. We investigate the material details of architecture by participating in the construction process; questioning familiar forms through subtle distortions of material and fabrication.
Our ambitions are to produce projects of depth by emphasizing material experience and detail, over graphic superficiality, in which architecture remains a place of new discovery and embodied experience. We actively seek out these conditions by testing the issues of practice that are vital. Our work is not hard, monumental, bulletproof or ideal, rather it is soft, nuanced, distorted and contingent.
We propose projects that utilize our design experiments, and engage new potential energies between the familiar and strange. While our projects seek to question the role of familiar details, we also want to separate the notion of performance from design. In a way, this approach treats architecture itself, as a material we bend and stretch, by engaging it from new positions. While we think architecture has a center, we find more comfortable positions on the periphery from where we look back in hopes of discovering or reinventing what it is that we’re orbiting around.