Melling Architects was formed in 2012 by father and son architects Gerald and David Melling. A short time later at the end of 2012, Gerald passed away. Gerald was a multiple award winning architect, a writer and a poet, and as one half of Melling:Morse Architects, an important contributor to the Architectural landscape in New Zealand. The progression in Gerald’s work is very evident. He firmly believed in his ideas, developing them further in each project. Gerald was devoted to architecture and his enjoyment of and passion for his work was irresistible to David who was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Prior to forming Melling Architects, David’s practice was known as Architecture Central, which he set up in 2005 having returned from 12 years in San Francisco and London working for two larger architectural firms.
Melling Architects is a design focused practice benefiting from hands-on experience with building that informs material choices, details and methods. As David says:
“we believe this sets us apart and enables our clients to achieve the best possible outcome for their projects.
Our approach to design is one of simplicity. The simpler we can make things the better they will be.
We are focussed on efficiency and eliminating waste – which to us means good planning and clever design.
We prefer materials to speak for themselves and favour substance over surface.
We want our designs to have a story behind them or a ‘narrative’. Every project is unique and requires a unique response.
We see each project as an opportunity to solve a ‘puzzle’, whether it is reorganising a small house or creating a new multi-storey building.
Construction costs have spiralled over the last few years making architecture less attainable for most people. We try to be innovative wherever possible to find better solutions for less cost. There is an opportunity for architecture in any project, regardless of scope. Drop us a line and we will be interested in discussing your ideas.”