GuildWorks is a full service design, specification, fabrication and installation enterprise committed to broadening the spectrum of imagination. We specialize in innovative custom solutions providing fabric architecture, tension structures, and fabric-formed environments for any imaginable application. For over twenty years GuildWorks has been a laboratory at the intersections of art and architecture, intuition and engineering, originality and experience. We design, produce, and install all of our own works, always learning and expanding our capabilities and systems.
Our signature style comes through dedication to design principles found in nature. We incorporate these with specialized software, custom hardware and frameworks, and advanced architectural fabrics to create robust, elegant, and materially efficient installations and structures.
GuildWorks' mission is to foster a holistic, supportive, co-creative business environment, which produces successful solutions for our clients. By combining fine craftsmanship, advanced fabric technologies and software, and a sustainable, environmental design-science approach, GuildWorks aims to inspire with lightness in form, beauty in structure, and integrity in practices.
We focus on bringing beauty into the world.
We are a full service design, fabrication,
project management and installation,
firm specializing in innovative and
transformative fabric structures.
Why... Design From Nature’s Principles
GuildWorks design inspiration comes from structures in nature and the inherent synergy of forces in the universe. At scales from atomic to astronomical, nature exists as tension-integral structures. Tension systems are the most materially efficient and stable way for the universe to build. GuildWorks was founded with this vision of creating shelter with the fewest material resources, using design from nature’s principles and the elegant geometries of tension fabric structures.
As a forward-thinking company in a rapidly changing climate, we see that choices we make can have profound effects on the world we live in. In our approach to Design from Nature’s Principles, the same inherent geometries of tension structures that give our architecture its graceful arcs and sweeping curves help us to be efficient and functional with materials and resources. For us, design and build is an interplay with the world at large.
We create structures with a fraction of the materials used for similar function in traditional building styles. This material efficiency makes every part of our building process more sustainable. There is less raw weight in material produced, lower transport needs, less heavy equipment and machinery required, and higher efficiency in design, production, and installation. The organic shapes of our installations allow us to be creative with airflow, water collection, and storm water management.
Architectural fabrics we use are highly durable. Their useful lifetime is comparable to traditional roofing materials. They last 15-30 years, in some cases even longer, and many are recyclable. All of our event fabrics and components of temporary installations are reused and re-purposed.
The “heat island effect” creates warmer climates in urban environments, as so thermal energy is absorbed by traditional building materials and massing. Architectural fabrics are “Cool Materials” - they are highly solar reflective and have far-infrared thermal emissivity. Because the surface temperatures of our fabrics are lower than those of typical building materials, less heat is exchanged between the building and the surrounding air. When looking at the natural interplay of air currents interrupted by traditional squared-off buildings, fabric structures can make a significant impact on the urban "heat island".
We would be happy to talk to you more about the sustainability aspects of fabric architecture, about LEED points and how Architecture of the Air can help your project and your environment to be more sustainable.