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—often for art collectors—to academic, cultural and civic projects, museums and exhibition design, places of worship, creative production, urban design and interior design.
Thanks twitter.com/theplanmag/sta… July 29!
Thanks so much, twitter.com/worldarchfest/… July 24!
Designed by Jim Olson. Featured in twitter.com/methomemag/sta… July 20. Explore this Seattle loft overlooking the Puget Sound & Olympics...
Thanks so much to twitter.com/architectmag/s… July 18for sharing our Creative Exchange Residency Program today!
July 18great shot! Thanks for sharing!
we’re excited to be able to share a short featurette on Jim’s design inspirations for his Resort & Spa in Puerto Los Cabos, Mexico — do check out the full length on our website
in the allée outside the studio — reviewing full scale material mockups for our VIP lounge (image by )
reminder: the deadline of August 1st is fast approaching for submissions to our inaugural Creative Exchange Residency program — we invite an enthusiastic artist or researcher of any kind, from anywhere in the world, to to surprise us with a proposal that takes advantage of the dialog between our practices — embedded within our Seattle studio, intermingled disciplines and a $10,000 stipend and accompany the 2-4 week residency — more info on our website through the link in our bio (pictured is artist in our [storefront] space, photographed by our )
the Host Committee joined us in the studio for a reception and presentation of our design for this year’s VIP lounge — stay tuned for more of the lounge design process
many of our projects are places to frame and live among art, and the work of chefs Shaun McCrain & Jill Kinney is perhaps the most fleeting of art forms — they and a few friends visited our studio this week for a special tasting of some of the creations coming out of their newly opened restaurant in Ballard, a design led by
today’s guests for our in-house speaker series featured Carl Lawrence and Matt Drews, founders of the experimental performance company , with live analog synth music by composer Aaron Otheim — we are thrilled to be working in a city with such talented and collaborative artists in our midst
on the south shores of Lake Union, a skeletal steel hull takes shape just before wood framing begins on the new Wagner Education Center at the , a design led by Tom Kundig with principals Steven Rainville and Angus MacGregor
we are always looking for talented and motivated architectural and interior designers, interns, BIM specialists, and graphic support — if you'd like to work with us in Seattle, please take a look at our open positions and application guidelines at the link in our bio (pictured: Pole Pass Retreat designed by Tom Kundig)
fun fact: the hotel’s shifted curtain wall facade was a design response to this intersection, a special urban condition where the city grid shifts further northwest to anchor Belltown and mark an entry to the Pike Place Market corridor — we hope the enlivened scene continues to add layers to this dynamic and historic corner (see also: #firstavestories)’s
announcing our inaugural Creative Exchange Residency program, an initiative aimed at empowering an artist or researcher of any kind to work among our staff to encourage cross-dialogue between our disciplines — we encourage all to apply before August 1st 2016 for this unique opportunity, including a $10k stipend and dedicated workspace within our Seattle studio — for more details and submission requirements, follow the link in our bio
“Zome Alloy” — on the plaza outside #zomeworks is an installation by our friend , modeled after the 1972 Zome House designed and built by southwest inventor Steve Baer — principal Jerry Garcia spoke in the Zome this week on the panel “Alive Architecture / Techniques For Today”, moderated by Tuazon, along with panelists Oliver Storz and Hannes Schwertfeger, Piet Vollaard, and Antoine Rocca (image by Jerry Garcia)
only the second ever installation by New Zealand at , “Future Islands” was envisioned by creative director Charles Walker and associate director Kathy Waghorne as 22 island-like forms, suspended to support more than 100 models of built and speculative Kiwi architecture — using the allegory of the archipelago to convey the diverse potential in alternate ways of living (photo by )
in Venice… the Nordic pavilion’s timeless trees are shielded by a wooden pyramid constructed as a social condenser: “In Therapy” allows visitors to ascend from any side into the iconic concrete light wells above — a metaphor for the relationship of contemporary architects with the masters of Nordic architecture (image by )
on site with Kimberly Shoemake-Medlock, Laura Bartunek, and Tom Kundig: our design team for the newly completed Paradise Road Housing at Smith College, a set of five brick apartment-style residential buildings set around a small quad on the edge of this New England campus (image by project principal )
#FlyByNight retrofits the Vietnam-era naval vessel Baylander with Olson Kundig-designed roosting coops, where the artists will be releasing and guiding the LED-lit birds in a glowing murmuration across the Brooklyn Navy Yard, each weekend evening until June 12th (video by ) has collaborated with designer Kirsten Becker from our office to manifest a mesmerizing display of New York’s ubiquitous but under-appreciated pigeons — with the support of , Riley’s
turning the corner at the soon to open — a lot of talented people came together to make this curtain wall… come together
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