Thursday, November 21, 2019

Roastery as Architectural Gesture

11/16/19 Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Capitol Hill neighborhood

Arriving 15 minutes early to our brunch reservation left me just enough time for a very quick attempt at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery across the street. I’ve sketched it at least a couple of times before (both in 2016), so I chose a different angle.

Knowing I had so little time, I tossed measuring of angles and perspective to the wind and decided to approach the building the way I do short poses at life drawing: as a gesture. How does this 1920s building hold itself against a skyline of mostly glassy blue boxes (with more coming up behind it)? Where is its life and character? I hope they come through, even with wonky perspective.


  1. I like this. My eye got grabbed immediately by the 'R' then transitioned to the two traffic lights that look like somewhat abstract capital 'E's. Not sure if that was your intention but it is the wacky way my eye worked with this image and I like it.

    1. Thanks! Whatever you see is cool... though I probably don't get credit for planning it. ;-)


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