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Olson Kundig

Olson Kundig is a Seattle-based design practice founded on the ideas that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives. Led by five owners, the firm’s work can be found across the globe, with projects as wide ranging as huts to high rises, homes to academic, cultural and civic projects, museums and exhibition design, places of worship, creative production, urban design and interior design.

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Shinsegae International / Olson Kundig

20:00 - 15 October, 2017
Shinsegae International / Olson Kundig, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kevin Scott © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin + 59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Landscape Architect

    Randy Allworth, Allworth Design
  • Area

    129166.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Unique Scaffolding System is Lifted into Place for Olson Kundig's Space Needle Renovation

16:20 - 12 October, 2017
Unique Scaffolding System is Lifted into Place for Olson Kundig's Space Needle Renovation, Courtesy of Space Needle / Century Project
Courtesy of Space Needle / Century Project

Construction has begun on the Olson Kundig-led $100 million renovation of Seattle’s most iconic structure, the Space Needle.

With work taking place 500 feet above the ground, the project demanded a unique alternative to traditional scaffolding: a 28,000 pound platform surrounding the tower that was hoisted to a position just below the observation Tophouse.

New drone footage shows how this platform, manufactured by scaffolding company Safway, was constructed at 100 feet above the ground, and then lifted into place and secured. According to Century Project, the structure represents “one of the largest lifts of Safway scaffold ever completed and it’s one of the company’s biggest scaffolds in circumference.”

Bigwood / Olson Kundig

13:00 - 12 October, 2017
Bigwood  / Olson Kundig, ©  Benjamin Benschneider
©  Benjamin Benschneider

©  Benjamin Benschneider Courtesy of Olson Kundig ©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider + 28

Sol Duc Cabin / Olson Kundig

09:00 - 31 August, 2017
Sol Duc Cabin / Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beaver, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Tom Kundig (Design Principal), Edward Lalonde (Project Manager)
  • Area

    400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Olson Kundig, CookFox, Morris Adjmi Among Top Firms to Design Buildings for Revitalization of Downtown Tampa

16:20 - 29 August, 2017
Olson Kundig, CookFox, Morris Adjmi Among Top Firms to Design Buildings for Revitalization of Downtown Tampa, Tampa skyline, after. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa
Tampa skyline, after. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa

Developer Strategic Property Partners has announced plans for a new $3 billion 50-acre mixed-use neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. To be known as Water Street Tampa, the multi-phase project will create 9 million square feet of commercial, residential, educational, cultural and entertainment space on a site currently underused and occupied by highways and surface parking.

Tampa skyline, after. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa Tampa skyline, before. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa Courtesy of Water Street Tampa Olson Kundig, CookFox, Morris Adjmi Among Top Firms to Design Buildings for Revitalization of Downtown Tampa + 4

Outpost / Olson Kundig

09:00 - 29 August, 2017
© Tim Bies
© Tim Bies

© Jean-Luc Laloux © Jan Cox © Tim Bies © Tim Bies + 22

Cabin at Longbranch / Olson Kundig

09:00 - 10 July, 2017
Cabin at Longbranch / Olson Kundig, © Kevin Scott
© Kevin Scott

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott + 46

Seattle's Space Needle to Undergo $100 Million Minimalist Renovation by Olson Kundig

12:30 - 15 June, 2017
Seattle's Space Needle to Undergo $100 Million Minimalist Renovation by Olson Kundig, Outer Open-Air Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig
Outer Open-Air Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig

One of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, the Seattle Space Needle, is set to undergo a $100 million renovation project focused on the structure’s preservation and the enhancement of the visitor experience by opening up spaces to dramatically improved views.

 Designed by Olson Kundig with interiors by Tihany Design, the scheme will intensify the Observation Deck experience through the addition of floor-to-ceiling glass on both the interior and exterior spaces, creating unobstructed 360 degree views of the Puget Sound and Seattle skyline . The renovation will also reimagine the Needle’s restaurant level by featuring a “first-of-its-kind” rotating glass floor to offer never-before-seen downward views of the structure.

Cross-Section of the Tophouse to show Observation Deck Renovations. Image © Olson Kundig View from the Interior Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig Interior Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig Tophouse of the Space Needle (after). Image © Olson Kundig + 16

Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig

15:00 - 22 May, 2017
Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig, © Tim Bies
© Tim Bies
  • Architects

  • Location

    United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Jim Olson
  • Area

    1440.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017

13:15 - 13 April, 2017
AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017, Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg
Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the fourteen projects selected as recipients of the 2017 Housing Awards. Now in its 17th year, the AIA’s Housing Awards program was established to recognize "the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life." Projects are awarded in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. 

The 2017 AIA Housing Award recipients include: 

Copine / Olson Kundig

15:00 - 15 February, 2017
Copine  / Olson Kundig, © Rafael Soldi
© Rafael Soldi

© Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    6460 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117, USA
  • Principal in Charge

    Kirsten Murray
  • Area

    3289.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

These Are the Best-Designed, Most Useful Architecture Firm Websites

07:00 - 12 September, 2016
These Are the Best-Designed, Most Useful Architecture Firm Websites

Our editors look at hundreds of websites per week. What do they admire and appreciate the most? Organization and simplicity. Sites that are not only clean, but fast. We actively search for projects to include on our platform, so it’s crucial that when we visit a website we not only know where to look, but how to access information. Filters and facets are our best friends. Typological differentiation is important, but perhaps not as important as distinguishing between built and un-built projects (“Is that a render?” is a question that comes up at least once a day).

Call for Submissions: Olson Kundig Creative Exchange Residency Program

16:30 - 19 June, 2016
Call for Submissions: Olson Kundig Creative Exchange Residency Program, Olson Kundig collaborated with Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE) to present 'Underbelly' at the Seattle Center as part of the World's Fair 50th anniversary. Photo courtesy of Bruce Clayton Tom.
Olson Kundig collaborated with Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE) to present 'Underbelly' at the Seattle Center as part of the World's Fair 50th anniversary. Photo courtesy of Bruce Clayton Tom.

Olson Kundig Creative Exchange Residency – an invitation to collaborate and impact our collective practices by developing ideas together which we wouldn’t arrive at independently.

This is a residency within the offices of Olson Kundig, a 150 person design firm based in Seattle, Washington, USA. With a fifty year history of collaboration, our primary focus has been on architecture, interiors, exhibit work, product design, and landscape design. We consider ourselves generalists and invite challenges. Past collaborators have included artists, choreographers, writers, chefs, scientists, fashion designers, and horticulturists.

Chicken Point Cabin / Olson Kundig

11:00 - 17 December, 2015
Chicken Point Cabin / Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Ündine Prohl + 30

Studhorse / Olson Kundig

13:00 - 15 December, 2015
Studhorse / Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Winthrop, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Tom Kunding
  • Area

    4078.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo '74 World's Fair for 40th Anniversary

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo '74 World's Fair for 40th Anniversary, Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects
Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects

Forty years ago, the Expo '74 World's Fair opened in Spokane, Washington to great fanfare as the world's first environmentally themed Expo. Perhaps equally as momentous, the former Soviet Union participated for the first time since World War II, and 5.6 million people attended throughout the course of the six month long Fair. This year, Olson Kundig Architects, led by design principal Tom Kundig, partnered with the City of Spokane to reinvent the original park with new concept designs for its structures, program, and facilities.

Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, night rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Water Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Earth Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, day rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects + 6

242 State Street / Olson Kundig

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
242 State Street / Olson Kundig, Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte
Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte

Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    242 State Street, Los Altos, CA 94022, United States
  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig, FAIA
  • Project Manager/Project Architect

    Michael Picard, AIA LEED AP
  • Gizmo Designer

    Phil Turner
  • Area

    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Bezos Center for Innovation / Olson Kundig Architects

01:00 - 9 January, 2014
Bezos Center for Innovation / Olson Kundig Architects, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    860 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Alan Maskin
  • Project Manager

    Stephen Yamada-Heidner
  • Project Architect

    Marlene Chen
  • Project Staff

    Simon Clews
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs