Next Level GEODESIC Dome Structures
As with all of our design thinking, we look at these structures as elements in a larger context- they are exquisite by themselves, but when tension fabrics cover them and stretch from them, the result is positively majestic. In the interiors of these structures we can create completely immersive environments, with 360-degree dome projection screens for high-impact presentations.
When Buckminster Fuller popularized the geodesic dome in the 1950's and 1960's, there was a bloom of enthusiasm for their utility as homes and other permanent structures - they provided the opportunity to maximize defined space with a minimum of materials, and were unbelievably strong. The trouble was that frankly, they got a little boring. So, the enthusiasm faded.
The trouble was not with the domes themselves, but rather with the style and scope of their intended purpose. At GuildWorks, we see geodesic geometry as a point of departure, as a foundation for how to think about building space frames, and then we take it to the next level - lofting domes, stacking and stretching domes, sometimes departing entirely from the geodesic, but keeping the principles of tension-integrity, compound curves, and the proportions that resonate so deeply because of their inherent strength and beauty.
For those interested in more dynamic spaces, the geodesic and related geometry provides extraordinarily secure, stable, and beautiful points for suspension arts, such as aerial silks, trapeze, rope, and hoop. Structures and spaces can be fully or partially enclosed or covered and dynamically lighted or projection-mapped for maximum performance impact. Add a VIP crow's nest or two and a rope bridge to connect them, and the sky is no longer the limit.
By combining our fabric structures within the structural form, we are able to dramatically shift attention within formed space while enhancing the aesthetics of the geometry.