GELPI PROJECTS

Miami, FL

INFINITY EDGE Gazing over an edge, the world appear flattened against an infinitely thin boundary. This juxtaposition is both deep in cosmic associations, as well as shallow in the context of luxury real estate. The familiar forms of Frank Lloyd Wright’s dendriform columns hover over the lunar landscape, merging at the top into a canopy of organic interlocking edges. The thinness of the structure becomes exaggerated in response to the reduction of gravity, having to only support 1/6th of the load that the same quantity of material would exert on earth. Our lunar resort is steeped in luxury, at once rooted in materiality yet straddling the edge of impossible realities. Team: Nick Gelpi, Dean McMurry, Julia Sarduy, Jorge Rodriquez, Alvaro Membreno  

INFINITY EDGE

Gazing over an edge, the world appear flattened against an infinitely thin boundary. This juxtaposition is both deep in cosmic associations, as well as shallow in the context of luxury real estate. The familiar forms of Frank Lloyd Wright’s dendriform columns hover over the lunar landscape, merging at the top into a canopy of organic interlocking edges. The thinness of the structure becomes exaggerated in response to the reduction of gravity, having to only support 1/6th of the load that the same quantity of material would exert on earth. Our lunar resort is steeped in luxury, at once rooted in materiality yet straddling the edge of impossible realities.

Team: Nick Gelpi, Dean McMurry, Julia Sarduy, Jorge Rodriquez, Alvaro Membreno

 

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.

www.gelpiprojects.com