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Tom Kundig: Houses 2

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Princeton Architectural Press is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Tom Kundig: Houses 2, a monograph featuring residences by the award-winning architect and partner of Olson Kundig Architects. In 248 pages featuring 17 homes, the book demonstrates how Kundig is actively redefining the vocabulary of architecture and his commitment to the experiential nature of space – branding him as a unique figure among international practitioners. The book follows the critically acclaimed Tom Kundig: Houses, published in 2006.

Over the past decade, Kundig’s inventive and oftentimes playful approach to kinetic architecture has been recognized with an array of high-profile national and international awards, transforming him into one of the most influential architects working today. “Tom Kundig’s houses help complacent bodies reimagine themselves in a natural plenitude,” says Daniel Friedman in his essay in the book. “In the lives they touch, they circulate like gift property, transmitting vitality, reviving the soul, serving an upward force.”

Kundig has gained a world-renowned reputation for establishing an innovative balance between raw material and modernist design. Tom Kundig: Houses 2, showcases recent work that strikes a balance between tactile and sophisticated, and modern and warm, the effect of which creates inviting spaces well married to their native context. Whether carving a house out of rock or engineering a gizmo that opens a ceiling to the sky, Kundig is compelled to craft a dialog between people, nature, and architecture. Fearless in his use of scale and material, Kundig’s homes become part of their natural setting, never outshining nor being overshadowed.
Kundig creates bold architectural statements by fusing the static with the dynamic, the fabricated with the natural—yet his homes maintain a simple aesthetic and exude comfort. That seamless sense of contentment derives in part from Kundig’s collaborative work ethic. By actively engaging with engineers, interior designers, craftsmen, artists, and other architects, Kundig’s attention not only rests on the structure, but with the mechanics of moveable features, micro-architectural elements, custom fixtures—and the way each of those systems responds to the natural landscape.

The 17 featured projects are Montecito Residence, Hammer House, The Pierre, Rolling Huts, Tye River Cabin, Portland Hilltop House, Highlands House, Slaughterhouse Beach House, Studio Sitges, Gulf Islands Cabin, Laurelhurst Residence, Shadowboxx, False Bay Writer’s Cabin, Island Pool House, East Village Apartment, Chat-O Spapho, and Outpost. All seamlessly incorporate Kundig’s signature inventive details, rich materials, and stunning sites, from majestic Northwest forests to Western high deserts and New York City’s urban grid.

Designed by Dung Ngo, this volume features a foreword by noted Finnish architect and critic Juhani Pallasmaa and an essay by Daniel Friedman, Dean of the University of Washington College of Built Environments. Tom Kundig: Houses 2 will be released in September 2011. Order it at your local independent bookstore or online at