Waikanae Funeral Home
- Category Residential
- Year completed 2016
- Location Wellington
“We strive to deliver projects that are purposeful, sympathetically integrate within their setting and touch lightly on the landscape.”
Gil-Plans Architecture is a Kapiti Coast based boutique architectural practice operating since 2004. Since its inception Gil-plans has completed many local and national projects to great success, winning numerous regional and national design awards. Extensive research is undertaken in all projects, with a focus on delivering well considered, sensitive and sustainable design solutions. All projects, large and small, are approached with the same passion and integrity ensuring outstanding outcomes are delivered on all projects.
Ben Gilpin - Lead Designer and Director of Gil-plans Architecture. (Dip Arch Technology, ADNZ professional member)
Ben has a real passion for every aspect of architecture and prides himself on a rigorous approach to design, focusing on the responsibility of architectural design to the clients, the site and the long-term impacts of construction. Ben strongly believes great architecture is uplifting and enjoys working closely with clients as a collaborative to deliver on their specific requirements. Ben focuses on listening to the clients brief and analysing the site, along with its context, and delivers great design solutions specific to each and every site.
From working in construction for four years prior to pursuing his design career Ben ensures practical knowledge is applied to all projects providing cost effective design focused solutions. Ben is a professional member of Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) and is frequently acknowledged in the regional and national Architectural awards.
- Regional Winner, National Finalist - Alterations and Additions – 2019
- Region Winner, National Finalist - 50-300sqm – 2018
- National Finalist - Commercial – 2018
- National Winner - Residential New Home Between 150 sqm and 300 sqm Architectural Design Award – 2015
- National Finalist - Resene Colour in Design Award – 2015
- Joint National Winner - Resene Colour In Design Award – 2013
- National Finalist - Commercial / Industrial Architectural Design Award – 2013
- National Finalist - Residential New Home Between 150Sqm And 300Sqm Architectural Design Award – 2013
Ben Gilpin of Gil-plans Architecture was engaged by Greater Wellington Regional Council for an exciting project located in Queen Elizabeth Park. The project encompassed a new rangers office, multi-purpose community space and amenity block. The site has a rich heritage that the building had to communicate through the design, to be achieved through in-depth research and consultation with multiple stakeholders.
The delivered building, known as “Ramaroa”, has a strong narrative conveying the history of the park through its Maori, coastal and military camp design references and motifs. It has been much admired, and is seen as a great community asset, earning widespread praise from Council, its many users and the general public.
Ben was professional and approachable throughout and delivered the project from design through to completion with fantastic results. I highly recommend Ben to any potential clients and would welcome an opportunity to work with him again the future.
Kapiti Coast District Council - Ramaroa