Drager Architecture renovated this building next to our office. Originally built as a theater in the early 1900's, it is now Peaks and Pints, a wonderful place for assorted local micro-brews. Julie's Hair Care salon has been a tenant for over 25 years. Now Julie has a wonderful new space to br creative. Stop in and visit.
Our client has a done a great job interpreting our design. As you can see it's in the mountains (and fog). Wonderful detail in the stone columns with concrete cap stones. The tower has taken shape. Winter is rolling in likely slowing some progress, but we are getting excited! Timber posts, beams and trusses, awesome!
Finally moved in to our new office. But, of course, still need to put some things on the wall. Thanks to all of our wonderful clients, we are having trouble finding the time. We had six years in our old office - When you visit or have your next meeting, remember to travel up the street to 2602 N Proctor St, Suite 206. Just above Starbucks!
Its been a few years of preparation, but Doug Loeb of Seattle is ready to begin his wonderful timber frame home high on a hill in White Salmon. The hidden property has wonderful views south to the Columbia River, and bookend views of Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. St. Helens in Washington. We can't wait to see his craftsmanship.
The Dogeagle's home is rising from the ground on Starr Street in Tacoma's Old Town. We are so very excited that all of the thought and care that went into understanding the owner's lifestyle and the neighborhood they selected, has really yielded fantastic results.
This "right sized" home will take advantage of the view down Starr Street to Commencement Bay and will fit wonderfully within a neighborhood of bungalows, infills and cottages while being uniquely of today.
Our client came to Drager Architecture a few years ago with a dream of building a "right sized" home based on the ideals set forth in the "Not So Big House". We were excited to do just that. A less than 2000 sf home includes a master suite, 2 bedrooms, a piano room, an apartment, great room, courtyard and kitchen. Who knew? Well, we did , actually;-)
Can't wait to see the final product!
We have recently completed this Gig Harbor Asian Contemporary Home. Beautiful views and elegant casual design.
The Mediterranean Sea of America
So, I tend to have a yearning for cartography. It may stem from my background as an architect, an artistic, technical and graphically based profession. But, I also have always had a need to understand the world we live in, explore new things, see the things that we in America are so far removed from. It does seem that we have blinders on sometimes. Honestly, the United States has so much and dominates so much culture it isn’t very hard to think that this is all there is. Exploring both historical and modern maps can bring the rest of the world into focus. Exploring map based infographics can be very enlightening as you try to understand relationships between all parts of the globe.
I had the pleasure of taking a cruise around the Mediterranean a few years ago. My wife and I had such a great time exploring the historical places and artifacts and the life of strange cities. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if the Mediterranean wasn’t so far away?
Well, I was examining maps and globes and realized that the Mediterranean Sea is at the same Latitude as the United States. If only it were possible to rotate the Mediterranean Sea around to our side of the planet? Would it fit? What effect would this have? What about the states… new coastlines in the middle of the country… new relationships… states torn in pieces?
A couple of screen captures, lots of graphic manipulation and now we know. The Mediterranean Sea fits within the confines of the United States of America. In a way, it is pretty amazing how big the Mediterranean Sea is. We always think if the United States as a vast country, more than 3000 miles from east coast to west coast. It used to be quite a task to traverse that distance. Amazingly, ancient mariners of the Mediterranean traversed similar vast areas of water for their commerce, and conquests.
So, what have we done? This is a new vision of the United States of America. A few states have been unaffected by this mash-up. Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Main and Florida. Yes, I am ignoring Alaska and Hawaii since they are remote, sorry.
It’s interesting to note that by adding the Black Sea, it nicely takes the place of our own Great Lakes. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec get new coastlines, but Lower Ontario becomes an isolated piece on the US side. A Canadian interloper if you will. Although the Great Lakes are very large, I believe the area of the Black Sea is larger than the combined Great Lakes. In this alternate US the remaining areas of the Great Lakes become great grassy plains… perhaps, International Park Reserves, or snatched up by neighboring states. Michigan loses a large portion of its “mitten” and the upper peninsula becomes the state it always wanted to be, Superior.
The “rust belt” area of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania would approximate the area of Turkey. Illinois becomes a state of great island outcroppings and the
. Kentucky hugs the southern coastline of the new “rust belt”. The Greek Islands of Karpathos and Rhodes would be part of Kentucky. What a history to explore.
The South has been largely supplanted by the
, the eastern arm of the Mediterranean. The southern states have been effectively cut in half. Oddly, mirroring the Turkish grab of part of the Island of Cyprus, West Virginia has grabbed a part of this alternate Cyprus that is mostly in Virginia. The State of Tennessee has been reduced to a portion of the former Island of Crete.
Missouri would take most of the Greek peninsula, the Peloponnese, most of Crete, and many islands. Iowa gains great rocky coastlines on both the east and west. The new
that takes the place of the former
reaches into North Dakota and cuts South Dakota into the new states of East Dakota and West Dakota. West Dakota is the new Tuscany and East Dakota approximates Croatia. Nebraska is now the main “boot” of Italy with coast on the east and west. Kansas takes over the “toe” of Italy and Sicily (except Colorado has made a foothold on the western tip).
along the west coast of the Italian peninsula becomes the
and reaches all the way up to Montana and the Custer’s Battlefield Monument. Wyoming has split into the new state of Yellowstone (with the amazing Yellowstone Park) and the Wyoming Islands (Corsica and the Northern part of Sardinia). Idaho gains new coastline.
Texas, New Mexico and Colorado have a great new coastline. Although Colorado has been mostly swallowed up and maintains the southern part of Sardinia and an outpost on Sicily.
Utah has split into the coastal area along the northern edge of Arizona and the Great Salt Islands. Nevada has lost the southern portion to a new state called Las Vegas. In return they get a Mediterranean coastline. I think that would be a good trade.
The new “Sea of California”, the western outlet, splits the state into Northern California and Southern California… most Californians want that anyway. This leads us to the “Strait of Pismo” and out to the Pacific Ocean. There just may be a “Rock of Pismo” in place of the “Rock of Gibraltar”. Not quite the cache’… I would say.
So, a brave new alternate United States of America with its great inland sea. What a different world it might have been, or might be in another alternate world. If I were a writer, I would love to explore the alternate history of the United States in this new version. Does anyone want to tackle it? I’ll take concept credits;-)
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It's time again for the South Sound Magazine Best of! Because of your votes, 2010 was a great year being named Best Architect. We feel that we should be considered again and we need your help!
We would appreciate your votes again. In 2011 we fell a bit short of votes, but got mentioned (The large 100 person firm got it again).
Here's how it works:
to go to the best of South Sound page.
• You must vote in at least 10 different categories for your entry to be valid.
• Voting ends March 22, 2012. Winners will be announced in the June/July issue of South Sound Magazine.
Here are our favorites - if you are from out of the area:
Best Architect: That's us ;-) DRAGER ARCHITECTURE
Best Restaurant: Harbor Lights
Best Happy Hour: C I Shenanigans
Best Lunch: The Rosewood
Best Burger: Frisco Freeze
Best Pizza: Katy Downs
Best Sushi: Fujiya
Best Interior Designer: Cheryl Marshall Design
Best Remodeler: (Pick one) Gary Howe Construction, York Enterprises.
Best Builder: (Pick one) Gary Howe Construction, Daniel Martin Construction, Al Fujita Construction.
Thanks so much for your support - this is an important marketing effort for us!
Please come out and say hello and view our design work. We are very proud of the results! The location is 1116 N 26th Street in Old Town.
Here is the website for further information about the tour. There is an entry fee that benefits Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. http://mba-tour.com/
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Just click this link and meander down the page to HOME & GARDEN - Best Architect.
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