Archive for June, 2013

1 Finholm District

Monday, June 24th, 2013

1 Finholm District

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Surrounded by residential property and the waterfront, the Finholm district on the northern end of the harbor has the potential to be a bustling neighborhood commercial district.

1 Finholm District: parking structure / retail space / park

Monday, June 24th, 2013

1 Finholm District: parking structure / retail space / park

A new public dock, a water bus system, an enhanced residential hill climb, and new parking infrastructure work together to strengthen the pedestrian and commercial activity at this end of the harbor.

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1 Finholm District: Aquabus

Monday, June 24th, 2013

1 Finholm District: Aquabus

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A bus system on the water would link the harbor by boat. A number of piers and and Harbor Bus stops would be distributed throughout the harbor.

2 Museum District

Monday, June 24th, 2013

2 Harbor Culture District

The Storefront Studio seeks to enhance the great success in the ongoing development around Museum District further by proposing a “Harbor Culture District” to fully utilize the large Museum District.

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2 Museum District: Environmental Learning Laboratories

Monday, June 24th, 2013

2 Harbor Culture District: Environmental Learning Laboratories

Harbor Culture  District will include Harbor History Museum, Galleries, Live/ Work spaces and research laboratory spaces for local community groups such as Harbor Wild Watch as well as satellite classrooms for regional schools.

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2 Museum District: Galleries and Live/Work Spaces

Monday, June 24th, 2013

2 Harbor Culture District: Galleries and Live/Work Spaces

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3 Eddon Boat Park

Monday, June 24th, 2013

3 Eddon Boat Park

Eddon Boat Park has already started its transformation from an under-utilized space into a public resource through the efforts of the city.

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3 Eddon Boat Park: Building Boats

Monday, June 24th, 2013

3 Eddon Boat Park: Building Boats

The Eddon Boat School is extended outside with a new outdoor boat building platform space. Gig Harbor’s boat building history and heritage would become an interactive event for locals, tourists, and the boat-building students.

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4 Ancich Net Shed

Monday, June 24th, 2013

4 Ancich Net Shed

The Ancich Net Shed is currently a site for private moorage. The current views through the site and relatively under-developed shore suggest that the site could serve as a public interface with the waterfront.

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4 Ancich Net Shed: Maritime Youth Center

Monday, June 24th, 2013

4 Ancich Net Shed: Maritime Youth Center

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The site seems like an ideal home for Gig Harbor’s Canoe & Kayak Race Team and perhaps other youth boat sports in a shared maritime youth park. Additional retail and cafe space would serve the needs of Gig Harbor’s residents and visitors. The existing piers to the east and west of the site could be used seasonally for commercial fishing moorage.

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4 Ancich Net Shed: Maritime Youth Center

Monday, June 24th, 2013

4 Ancich Net Shed: Maritime Youth Center

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5 Arabella’s Landing

Monday, June 24th, 2013

5 Arabella’s Landing

The area to the west of Arabella’s Landing Marina is currently a large parking lot that caters to boat owners with moorages and daily patrons of the marina.

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5 Arabella’s Landing: Mixed Use and Commercial Expansion

Monday, June 24th, 2013

5 Arabella’s Landing: Mixed Use and Commercial Expansion

This site has great potential for mixed use and commercial expansion. Several new business fronts are created along Harborview Drive that are similar in construction to harbor net sheds. The new buildings would be constructed at street level and extend out toward the water and offer a lower level, open air parking garage which would preserve the current number of parking spaces currently available.  By utilizing modern architecture that is compatible with Gig Harbor’s history, the city would be able to effectively increase its retail and food services along its historic waterfront while reflecting the heritage of ‘Old Town’ Gig Harbor.

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5 Arabella’s Landing: Mixed Use and Commercial Expansion

Monday, June 24th, 2013

5 Arabella’s Landing: Mixed Use and Commercial Expansion

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5 Arabella’s Landing: Building Scale and View Corridors

Monday, June 24th, 2013

5 Arabella’s Landing: Building Scale and View Corridors

Combined Elevations Complete ViewThe Gig Harbor waterfront is an important and essential amenity not only to its residents that enjoy their views on a daily basis, but also to those that visit from time to time. There has been speculation of raising the height limit of downtown buildings from 18 to 27 feet and the questions has been raised as to whether or not it will effect waterfront views. By maintaining a 20 foot or greater distance of separation between buildings the view of the water from the street is not only maintained but is framed between the buildings potentially enhancing the quality of the view.

6 Skansie Park

Monday, June 24th, 2013

6 Skansie Park

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Skansie Brothers Park is a large open park that is used frequently.  The uses range from farmers markets to concerts during the summer.

6 Skansie Park

Monday, June 24th, 2013

6 Skansie Park

This design proposal suggests a large floating stage to accommodate the masses during events like the “Summer Sounds at Skansie”.  A protected pool is placed next to the old Skansie net shed, which becomes a youth center.  The pool and youth center will accommodate children of all ages year round. The boat marina located North of the park becomes an area for floating houseboats or floating apartment buildings, stimulating activity and the availability of affordable waterfront housing.

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7 Harborview Drive & Pioneer Way

Monday, June 24th, 2013

7 Harborview Drive & Pioneer Way

buoys_site7Harborview Drive presents an opportunity to add increased access and legibility to the waterfront. Program goals for this proposal include providing public access to open space and water, creating desirable and walkable areas, and maintaining and strengthening identity with strategic design choices.

7 Harborview Drive & Pioneer Way: Harborview Village Center

Monday, June 24th, 2013

7 Harborview Drive & Pioneer Way: Harborview Village Center

The proposed Village Center for Gig Harbor invites a new paradigm for the city. While both density and lack of character are legitimate concerns with any new development, the design of the buildings and relating open space features highlights the existing features of the city. Familiar characteristics are used as part of the fabric to reinvigorate and maintain the downtown core by creating memorable gateways, increasing open space area, and encouraging year-round use.

7 Harborview Drive & Pioneer Way: gateway / plaza / alley

Monday, June 24th, 2013

7 Harborview Drive & Pioneer Way: gateway / plaza / alley

A newly established pier entrance will provide a sense of identity for Gig Harbor. Open plazas are used to create comfortable atmospheres that are inviting by clearly defining retail and recreational areas.  Alleys are used as permeable entrances that invite pedestrians into and out of the designated open space areas. Pedestrian walkways give people a place to explore that is free of vehicular traffic.

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8 Boat Barn

Monday, June 24th, 2013

8 Boat Barn

The Washington Egg & Poultry Co-op Building (aka The Boat Barn) was built in 1925 to support member farmers in trading eggs and poultry for farming supplies. Freight boats docked at the pier to unload hay, feed, and supplies at the co-op warehouse. Local farmers used the co-op to purchase farm goods and distribute their eggs and poultry to regional, national, and international markets. The co-op closed in 1956. In 1975, the building was converted to a commercial marina and boat barn. Today the structure includes a marine upholstery business, marketing and branding firm, and boat design services.

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8 Boat Barn: Market Space

Monday, June 24th, 2013

8 Boat Barn: Market Space

The Boat Barn retains its historic structural character yet is currently under-utilized and under-valued. Ideally located close to the downtown center, the structure offers economic development opportunities, community harbor access, and a historical link to Gig Harbor’s past.

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9 Old Ferry Landing

Monday, June 24th, 2013

9 Old Ferry Landing

buoys_site9Located at the mouth of the harbor, this lookout and beach would be accessible to the local community. The pier provides  location for people to access the beach and to admire views of Mount Rainier and the harbor. The lighthouse, located across the harbor’s neck from the pier, is a destination for human powered watercraft. Providing activity near the lighthouse would create a destination for boaters along Puget Sound.Lighthouse rendering

9 Old Ferry Landing: Water Taxi

Monday, June 24th, 2013

9 Old Ferry Landing: Water Taxi

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The water taxi provides local access to the lighthouse park for those who don’t have a boat.

9 Old Ferry Landing: Ferry Dock

Monday, June 24th, 2013

9 Old Ferry Landing: Ferry Dock

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T-Shirt Design – Leah

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Leah

As a first exercise in getting to know Gig Harbor, the students were asked to make a virtual visit to Gig Harbor on-line and in the library. The students then designed a souvenir t-shirt that depicted the character they perceived.

TShirt_BoettcherThis design captures the Maritime essence of Gig Harbor, with the image of recreational and fishing vessels, while playfully hinting at the fun that can be had in the small city.

T-Shirt Design – Sarah

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Sarah

TShirt_EddyPaying homage to the Croatian fisherman that settled in Gig Harbor, this shirt graphic shows a net hanging from text buoys colored to match the Skanskie Netshed.

T-Shirt Design – Gabrielle

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Gabrielle

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T-Shirt Design – April

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – April

TShirt_KelleyThis design playfully reinterprets the names of common nautical knots to highlight Gig Harbor’s maritime history and unique character.

T-Shirt Design – Justine

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Justine

TShirt_LoongGig Harbor is a beautiful tourist destination. An emphasis on the different activities and historical culture the city provides will become a key feature in bringing tourists to the city.

T-Shirt Design – Maki

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Maki

TShirt_MakiDifferent geometric shapes create a new identity “Gig” for the city of Gig Harbor. Four circles indicate unities of different generations, neighborhoods, cultures and time. The “Gig” logo is placed in front of an abstracted figure map of the city, visualizing new energy generating out from the historic downtown.

T-Shirt Design – Darren

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Darren

TShirt_MobleyThis graphic t-shirt is designed to give its wearer a lasting reminder of the beauty of the landscape in which the city of Gig Harbor is set. It also gives a glimpse into its not so distnat past, when transportation to and from the peninsula was almost exclusively waterborne.

T-Shirt Design – Erik

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Erik

TShirt_MurilloGig Harbor’s new development must recognize the values and beliefs of the town. The concept here reflects upon old and new opportunities that engage public interest and participation by highlighting  its recreation, boat building, and commercial fishing heritage as a point of pride.

T-Shirt Design – Dylan

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Dylan

TShirt_NordstromGig Harbor is situated near the Tacoma Narrows and is a gateway to the Olympic Peninsula through its boating history as well as the bridges. The t-shirt design demonstrates this heritage of boating, bridges, and the views from Gig Harbor.

T-Shirt Design – Christian

Monday, June 17th, 2013

T-Shirt Design – Christian

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