a creative placemaking

social enterprise


We design and deliver creative, experimental
civic installations for communities, the public
and private sectors.

We create placemaking and development strategies that are the foundation for strong community outcomes.

We make active places


DIY Dance Party. A coin-operated ex-laundromat washing machine powers four speakers which surround a custom-made sprung dance floor. Six years old and still one of the most popular installations in Christchurch! Now in Tauranga and Auckland, too.

We make equitable places

Placemaking at One Central wins international Award!

In November 2021 Gap Filler received the Large Scale Project Award from Place Leaders Asia Pacific for Placemaking at One Central, a large-scale placemaking project spanning 5 blocks in partnership with Fletcher Living.  

We make memorable places


Gap Filler’s Grandstandium, is a relocatable mini-grandstand launched in October 2015 in time for the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). The Grandstandium provides seating for 30 atop a trailer and comes with a scoreboard, commentary box and binoculars for added drama.

We make fun places

Super Street Arcade

The world’s first giant, outdoor arcade game system. It’s been a free public amenity 24/7 for more than two years. Get active on the giant joystick console and play a classic-style game – programmed by local developers or high school students as part of their curriculum.

We make inclusive places

WE ARE 10!

In November 2020 Gap Filler turned 10! We made this video to take stock of all that has happened in the last decade a d reflect on our evolution from quake response to placemaking social enterprise. 

Our services

We are a social enterprise set up to work on a
mix of commercial and grant-funded projects.
You name it, we do it!

Strategy & Programme Design
Event Design & Delivery
Activation & Management
Development Response
Workshops & Talks