Tom Kundig is one of my favorite architects. To me, he’s an immensily talented engineer/industrialist/architect with an extremely creative vision. He is an owner/principle in the architect firm Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle.
While I wouldn’t say that I’m an Industrialist, nor a Modernist in style, I would say that Tom is both, and I LOVE the sense of style he brings to items that could look hard and cold. I think he is one of the most creative individuals I’ve seen because his work is characterized by such a strong personal direction. Olson Kundig are know for working with artists and craftspeople and that more then anything is integral to what they do. In some cases, the architecture becomes the vessel that supports specific art installations. In others, the architecture and art are formed together to create a seamless spatial experience. In nearly all their projects, they work with craftspeople to fabricate specific architectural elements so that the detail of the work relates directly to the larger expression.
I find his work not only clever, but practical and very functional. While it “should” look cold because of it’s industrial edge, to me it does not!
I love how some of his projects, like the Merrill Wright home in the San Juan Islands, seems to morph out of the rock landscape. Fabulous. I particularly love the master bathroom sink, where water runs down through a series of small bowls that were cut into the rock and polished smooth.
There are so many pictures of this incredible house, that I really found it hard to select which ones to show. For a home made primarily out of rock, concrete and steel it is incredibly warm and inviting! I want to know if Ms. Wright did her own interior design. If so, she did a terrific job!
Not only do I love the architecture, but some of the industrial features he uses in the interior, such as the crank for the window wall (see above), and the lights in the home shown in the photo below are so clever. The lights below actually are on a pulley system and will go up and out of your way when you don’t need them, and pull down to the perfect spot for you when you do.
There are so many more terrific projects he’s done, and so many, many more pictures I could have shown. This will hopefully give you a flavor, and to see more…I invite you to click on the links, and to buy his book Tom Kundig: Houses or Tom Kundig: Houses 2.
Can you tell, I’m a FAN! What do you think of Tom’s style of architectural design? Is it interesting to you? Could you live in it? I invite you to leave me your thoughts in the comment section below. I always love hearing from you.
In the meantime, meet Tom Kundig in the video below. Tom if you see this…I want to work on the interior design of one of your projects…please?!