Through multiple stages spanning three years, GuildWorks fabricated and installed a series of permanent rain canopies at Ahamtoulli, a beautiful eco-resort on the island of Corfu in Greece. This amazing property is a visionary place where your world can sparkle alive again.
Our custom canopies include two major rain collection canopies which provide much needed shade for the decks in front of the yurts as well as protection between the yurt facilities as patrons walk to the adjacent bathrooms and shower extensions. A third canopy was designed and installed to cover the dining hall and kitchen and allows for the stove's heat vent.
When we were first contacted about this project, the property was still being developed, a vision of what could be beginning to come to light, the lands were still being cleared, and the pools still being built. Today the property has grown into a beautiful inviting space, and GuildWorks is excited to be a part of their vision and their growth process.
"Most of us remember a moment when the world sparkled alive for us. Everything, from a butterfly’s wing to a sun-ripened peach and a thunderstorm, shimmered with magic. That feeling didn't have a name yet. It just glowed with raw strength and vitality, dynamic peace and possibility. You sensed who you were at your core and what you were made to do. Yet, time and responsibility, stress and routine obscured that glowing vision. It’s power faded and seemed to disappear. At Ahamtouli, we hear your longing to rekindle that vital spark and offer an innovative, nurturing portal back to that bubbling source. " - Ahamtoulli Eco-Resort
GuildWorks, announces the latest installation for a very quaint and very Portland client. Caravan ~ The Tiny House Hotel, as featured recently on Portlandia. Caravan is the the first hotel of its kind and has received quite the attention. We're proud to have worked with them to help bring a dream of theirs to life, a cohesive courtyard to protect patrons by the fire during the Portand rains. By adding a gorgeous Shade and Rain canopy as the center piece to their courtyard, we have made quite an improvement to the style, and functionality of the space. It's no surprise something so unique would have it's roots in Portland.
Deb & Kol, the proprietors, contacted GuildWorks originally a couple years ago and discussed options for a custom shade structure but decided to hold off on development until they had a better sense of how they wanted to utilize the space. Over the course of their opening and developing the property their needs became more evident and by working with GuildWorks we were able to provide the solution.
"The Flying Squirrel" a whimsical freestanding 22'x25' free standing tension structure designed to protect patrons during the sunny spring and summer months, and full rain protection throughout the year. While it is essentially strong enough to be considered a permanent installation it is very much a temporary structure. Designed to be taken down in a few hours, yet sturdy enough to withstand heavy winds and the very rare Portland snow loads.
Unlike many of our structures that require tension guy lines back from the poles, this system involves much heavier duty custom steel posts that slip into metal sleeves in the ground, allowing canopy to practically bump right up to each Tiny House perfectly. Each of the 6 steel posts may be removed from the ground sleeves to allow mobility of the Tiny Homes and allowing for flexibility within the space.
This is definitely a unique example of our current work, if you have any questions and would like something similar for your own space, please feel free to contact us for more information.
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As written by: BY DEBBIE BROOKS for Oregon Home Magazine
When I first met with my clients, I was drawn to their unique style and taste of design. The newly remodeled interior of their ‘70s ranch home in Northwest Portland featured the clean lines of wood and glass, and incorporated modern materials like stainless steel, granite and slate with traditional features like a country kitchen island.
The homeowners’ needs for an outdoor space began with a necessity—a larger space to entertain—and expanded to include covered cook area and a patio with a fireplace. The health-conscious couple also needed a place to grow vegetables.
The site presented several challenges. A narrow deck separated the yard from the house and a built-in hot tub claimed much of the space on the concrete patio. A big surprise lay underground. The previous owners had buried a swimming pool beneath the lawn. Its exact location remained a mystery.
To accommodate the outdoor kitchen, my design extended the deck three feet from the house. Railings on either end were removed to open up access to the rest of the yard. Wide stairs now lead from the deck to a large patio and fireplace below. While the size of the vegetable garden had to be reduced after the crew ran into remnants of the old swimming pool, a modest-sized space with raised beds and gravel paths is tucked neatly behind the fireplace.
The most challenging piece of this design puzzle was to how to cover the dining area and outdoor kitchen. I brought in Guildworks to design a custom 20 x 35 foot fabric structure that allows ample light into the house while keeping guests out of the elements. The structure is anchored with posts set into the garden or attached to the large trees.
The repetition of like materials unifies the space and the choice of stone, paving and plant materials makes this an inviting space for guests to linger. The unique architectural elements like the fabric structure lets allows the homeowners’ style shine through.
Original Article : http://www.oregonhomemagazine.com/homes/1245-outdoor-style
We are happy once again to be a part of this years Home and Garden Show from February 20th-24th. This year we're very excited to be working with Scott Schultze of Tellurian Gardens to create a beautiful, dynamic showcase of our collaborative work. Below is a Concept Design image of our Space.
A Garden to Dine For
Stay dry in the Pacific Northwest rain and shaded in the long days of bright summer sun. Dine in the comfort and shelter of fabric architecture, surrounded by native northwest plantings. This garden showcases the synthesis of fabric structures and landscaping.
Water falling from above is caught by the canopy and directed into a waterfall feature that feeds the thriving garden of water-loving plants. Rock work holds the form for the flowing water and grounds the landscape in the natural basalt and flagstone of the region.
This fabric Architecture of the Air provides year-round use of the patio area, keeping it dry in winter and cool in summer. Here it catches the beautiful twilight of nightfall.
This special installation at the event will provide a real life representation of our 'Architecture of the Air' in action. The custom designed rain fabric canopy has a waterfall feature that flows into a pond as part of the landscapes design. We're gearing up for the fun and challenging technical aspects of making it rain inside the EXPO center. You'll have to come on by and check this beauty out!