Olson Kundig Architects

Dovetail Celebrates 25 Years of Exceptional Building

In 2016, Dovetail celebrates 25 years of building meaningful and memorable projects that define the character of the Northwest’s built environment. Since 1991, Dovetail has been crafting fine residential and commercial buildings throughout the Puget Sound with a hallmark of quality, sustainability, and a commitment to lasting relationships. We specialize in custom, bespoke, architectural projects with both a wood and metal shop to support custom designs.

We have grown from a high-end residential builder specializing in traditional craftsmanship and fine finish carpentry to a contractor with a reputation for exquisite contemporary detailing and finishes. Over the years we have worked with inspirational architecture firms such as Olson Kundig, Suyama Peterson Deguchi, Heliotrope Architects, MW Works, Graham Baba Architects, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson among others. Additionally, as word spread of our commitment to quality and our collaborative working process, developers and restaurateurs began turning to us for their special commercial projects. Dovetail is trusted to capture the soul of a commercial space with the same care and craft we bring to our residential buildings. As the size and complexity of our residential work has grown, so too has our commercial work: large, multi-story adaptive reuse projects; tenant improvements of cultural landmarks; and new construction of boutique multi-story mixed use buildings. Along the way we have won AIA awards for both our residential and commercial work.

Below are some highlights from our last 25 years.

Madison Park Residence (net-zero energy home): Jim Olson, Olson Kundig, photo: Jill Hardy

Madison Park Residence (net-zero energy home): Jim Olson, Olson Kundig, photo: Jill Hardy

Artist in Residence Home: Heliotrope Architects, photo: Jill Hardy

Artist in Residence Home: Heliotrope Architects, photo: Jill Hardy

Blaine Stairs: Mithun + Dovetail, photo: Lara Swimmer

Blaine Stairs: Mithun + Dovetail, photo: Lara Swimmer

Tansu House: Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig, AIA Commendation Award, photo: Michael Burns 

Tansu House: Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig, AIA Commendation Award, photo: Michael Burns 

Medina Residence: Rocky Rochon Desigh + SKB Architects, photo: Mark Woods

Medina Residence: Rocky Rochon Desigh + SKB Architects, photo: Mark Woods

Magnolia Residence: Rohleder Borges Architecture, photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Magnolia Residence: Rohleder Borges Architecture, photo: Benjamin Benschneider

In 2015, Dovetail opened our metal shop to fabricate custom designs, such as this galvanized downspout. Photo: Jill Hardy

In 2015, Dovetail opened our metal shop to fabricate custom designs, such as this galvanized downspout. Photo: Jill Hardy

Dovetail's wood shop continues to produce custom designs such as doors, cabinets, kitchens, soaking tubs, and more. The doors here are fabricated out of reclaimed redwood that was then burned and oiled. Photo: Lara Swimmer

Dovetail's wood shop continues to produce custom designs such as doors, cabinets, kitchens, soaking tubs, and more. The doors here are fabricated out of reclaimed redwood that was then burned and oiled. Photo: Lara Swimmer

Filson Flagship Store: Heliotrope Architects, photo: Lara Swimmer

Filson Flagship Store: Heliotrope Architects, photo: Lara Swimmer

Fremont Collective (adaptive reuse project): Heliotrope Architects + Graham Baba (shell & core), photo: Aaron Leitz 

Fremont Collective (adaptive reuse project): Heliotrope Architects + Graham Baba (shell & core), photo: Aaron Leitz 

The Whale Wins: Heliotrope Architects, photo: Aaron Leitz

The Whale Wins: Heliotrope Architects, photo: Aaron Leitz

Miller's Guild: Graham Baba Architects, photo: Lara Swimmer

Miller's Guild: Graham Baba Architects, photo: Lara Swimmer

London Plane and Little London Plane: Dovetail, photo: Lara Swimmer

London Plane and Little London Plane: Dovetail, photo: Lara Swimmer

The Studios Performing Arts Center: Graham Baba Architects, photo: Lara Swimmer

The Studios Performing Arts Center: Graham Baba Architects, photo: Lara Swimmer

Q Nightclub: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, photo: Jeremy Bitterman

Q Nightclub: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, photo: Jeremy Bitterman

Rock Box: MW Works, AIA Award, photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Rock Box: MW Works, AIA Award, photo: Benjamin Benschneider

As we look back over the years we would like to thank you. Thank you for your big dreams, inspiring designs and beautiful visions. Thank you for being such active and passionate collaborators – ultimately together we create the best possible outcome. Additionally, thank you for your commitment to the future of our planet. Together we’ve built net-zero energy homes, Built-Green projects, sustainable structures that divert rainwater into backyard rain gardens, and utilized Living Building products. Lastly, we are deeply thankful for an incredibly talented team of carpenters, superintendents, project managers and support staff that are dedicated to their craft as well as visionary designs.  

Looking toward the next 25 years, we are invigorated by the future of building: urbanism and the renaissance of cities; smart and elegant multi-family design solutions; increasing mobility and public transit; innovation in design such biomimicry, smart buildings, buildings that will self-heal, produce energy and food; and once again you. We’re so excited to see what you dream of and dream up in the next 25 years and we can’t wait to begin building it.  

 

DOVETAIL PARTNERS WITH OLSON KUNDIG'S [storefront] FOR ONE MILLION BONES


Originally posted April 04, 2013


Dovetail is proud to partner with Olson Kundig Architects (OKA) on April's installation for their [storefront] project entitled "One in a Million." The project runs through the month of April.  [storefront] is located at 406 Occidental Ave., Seattle, WA, 98104.

[storefront] is an experimental work place for Olson Kundig Architects’ community collaborations, pro-bono design work, philanthropic and volunteer work, and design research and development of design ideas.

This month's installation, "One in a Million," is part of Naomi Natale's One Million Bones project.

One Million Bones is a large-scale social art practice, utilizing education and hands-on art-making to raise awareness about current genocides and atrocities taking place worldwide. The project is collecting handmade sculptural bones for a collaborative installation of 1,000,000 bones to be displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from June 8th-10th, 2013. This installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember victims and survivors, and as a visible petition to raise awareness of issues and call upon our government to take much needed and long overdue action.

The project also reflects one of Dovetail's core values, connecting our wealth of talent and resources to that of the larger community. One Million Bones is a perfect opportunity to serve our community. Artist Naomi Natale partners with Students Rebuild, a non-profit organization that mobilizes young people worldwide to connect, learn and take action on critical global issues. Together, they are partnering with the local Bezos Family Foundation, which is matching $1 for each bone created up to a total of $500,000. OKA contacts Dovetail. A little brainstorming, a couple of meetings, and in the span of a few days, a powerful space is built to raise awareness about global genocide. 

This project combines art, craft, and building, bringing together community to making bones with our own hands and give voice to those that can no longer speak. Our individual efforts here in Seattle make their way to the other Washington where they will become larger, where they will speak with a power that so often eludes us.

As builders, we have a chance to reach beyond the typical scope of "construction." We positively impact our community and contribute to a global artistic discourse. It's part of what Dovetail is about. It makes us proud to be building with craft, quality and heart.

If you have an idea on how to unify and leverage the talents of our design and build communities - hit us up. A special thanks to all involved for giving us this incredible opportunity.

Here is a short powerful video describing the project and chronicling the "One Million Bones" event that place in Albuquerque. Take a look. And then come down and help us sculpt some bones!