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 Portland 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' rain fabric tension structure was designed to protect patrons during the sunny spring and summer months, and provide full rain protection throughout the year. Because it is Portland after all. 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 structure involves much heavier duty custom steel posts that slip into perfectly engineered metal sleeves that reside in the ground, this allows the 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.