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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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Olson Kundig's Zooraji Immerses Visitors in a Fantasy World

13:00 - 30 December, 2018
Olson Kundig's Zooraji Immerses Visitors in a Fantasy World, © Austin Wilson
© Austin Wilson

Zooraji, Olson Kundig's latest, takes its inspiration not from its site (the roof of a department store) or context (the futuristic city of Busan), but from a story. Aesop's The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, to be precise. 

© Austin Wilson © Austin Wilson © Austin Wilson © Austin Wilson + 10

Mission Hill Family Estate / Olson Kundig

17:00 - 27 December, 2018
Mission Hill Family Estate / Olson Kundig, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    West Kelowna, British Columbia Canada
  • Project Team

    Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal
  • General Contractor

    Selco Construction, Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer

    John Bryson & Partners, Yoneda & Associates
  • Electrical Engineer and Lighting Design

    Falcon Engineering, Ltd.
  • Landscape

    Lovinger 2
  • Acoustical Engineer

    Brown Strachan Associates
  • Interior Design

    Viekman, Orangutang Design Ltd.,
  • Area

    120000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2000
  • Photographs

BO Bartlett Center / Olson Kundig

16:00 - 19 December, 2018
BO Bartlett Center / Olson Kundig, © Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

© Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman + 12

Omaha Art House / Olson Kundig

12:00 - 12 November, 2018
Omaha Art House / Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

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

Charles Smith Wines Jet City / Olson Kundig

14:00 - 29 October, 2018
Charles Smith Wines Jet City / Olson Kundig, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Olson Kundig
  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
  • Project Manager

    Michael Picard, LEED AP
  • Project Architect

    Mark Olthoff
  • Architectural Staff

    Yousman Okano
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

City Cabin / Olson Kundig

12:00 - 22 October, 2018
City Cabin / Olson Kundig, © Aaron Leitz
© Aaron Leitz

© Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, United States
  • Design Principal

    Jim Olson, FAIA
  • Project Team

    Jim Olson, FAIA, Design Principal; Renee Boone, Project Manager and Project Architect
  • Area

    2400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Northwest Art House / Olson Kundig

17:00 - 15 October, 2018
Northwest Art House / Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Aaron Leitz + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Olson Kundig
  • Project Team

    Jim Olson, FAIA, Design Principal; William Franklin, Project Manager and Project Architect; Naho Ukeda and Crystal Coleman, LEED® AP, Architectural Staff; Charlie Hellstern, Interior Design; Cristina Acevedo and Irina Bokova, Interiors Staff
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Olson Kundig's Hydro-Solar Generator Proposal Could Power 200 Melbourne Homes

09:00 - 12 October, 2018
Olson Kundig's Hydro-Solar Generator Proposal Could Power 200 Melbourne Homes, © Olson Kundig
© Olson Kundig

Seattle-based Olson Kundig has released details of their second-place winner from the 2018 Land Art Generator competition, set in Melbourne, Australia. The “Night & Day” scheme combines solar energy with a hydro battery, generating enough power for 200 Australian homes, 24 hours per day.

The St Kilda-situated infrastructure proposal doubles as an artwork and pedestrian bridge, with a flagship 5,400-square-meter solar sail suspended above the St Kilda Triangle in Port Phillip city. After sunset, further electricity is generated through two turbines capturing the kinetic movement of water released through them.

Cliff Dwelling / Olson Kundig

13:00 - 19 August, 2018
Cliff Dwelling / Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Benjamin Benschneider © Nic Lehoux + 19

Martin’s Lane Winery / Olson Kundig

13:00 - 2 July, 2018
Martin’s Lane Winery / Olson Kundig, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 58

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • Team credits

    Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal; Steve Grim, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Project Manager; Michael Picard, LEED® AP and Wonsik Lee, Project Staff
  • Area

    34816.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Olson Kundig Chosen To Design The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma

16:00 - 29 June, 2018
Olson Kundig Chosen To Design The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Courtesy of Olson Kundig
Courtesy of Olson Kundig

With construction underway on their renovation of the Space Needle, Olson Kundig will shift their focus to a different American icon. The Seattle firm has unveiled their proposal as lead architect and exhibit designer for The Bob Dylan Center—a new museum that will also house the Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa, the center is expected to open in 2021, with groundbreaking planned for 2019 in the Tulsa Arts District.

Sawmill / Olson Kundig

11:00 - 14 June, 2018
Sawmill / Olson Kundig, © Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig

© Gabe Border © Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig © Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig © Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig + 25

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Small Project Awards

06:00 - 6 June, 2018
AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Small Project Awards,  Rear Window House / Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Steve King
Rear Window House / Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Steve King

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected eleven recipients in its 2018 Small Projects Awards. Established fifteen years ago by AIA’s Small Project Practitioners, the program “recognizes small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work” and “aims at raising awareness about the value and design excellence that architects can bring to projects, no matter their size or scope.”

Grand Lake Pool House /  Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image © Timothy Soar  Rear Window House / Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Steve King Rosewood Park Beach Improvements / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects. Image © Bill Timmerman Shadow Play / Howeler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. Image © Matt Winquist + 23

Rimrock / Olson Kundig

09:00 - 11 May, 2018
Rimrock / Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig © Benjamin Benschneider + 21

Media Headquarters / Olson Kundig

13:00 - 9 May, 2018
Media Headquarters / Olson Kundig, © Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig

© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig © Nicholas Calcott © Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig © Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig + 27

Trout Lake House / Olson Kundig

13:00 - 8 April, 2018
Trout Lake House / Olson Kundig, © Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Trout Lake, United States
  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig, FAIA
  • Project Manager

    Dawn McConaghy, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
  • Area

    6594.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Scavenger Studio / Eerkes Architects + Olson Kundig

10:00 - 2 April, 2018
Scavenger Studio / Eerkes Architects + Olson Kundig, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

10 Wonderful Winter Cabins: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 24 December, 2017
10 Wonderful Winter Cabins: The Best Photos of the Week, © Tim Bies
© Tim Bies

© Thomas Jantscher Cortesía de VIPP © Getaway © Pasi Aalto + 11

December 21 saw the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. The season is an excellent time to take architectural photographs in a unique and different landscape, with a blanket of snow providing a reminder of the delights of nature. Here, we present a selection of 10 cabins captured in winter by prominent photographers such as Tim Bies, Fernando Alda and Pasi Aalto.