Architect: Olson Kundig Architects

I've been eagerly anticipating this weeks Architect post, as I get to show off one of my all time favorites; Olson Kundig Architects, (previously Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen), and for me, most notably, Tom Kundig, who was the design principal on each of the projects listed below. As far as I am concerned, they are masters of material and form. One of the elements of their architecture that attracts me the most is their ability to enable a remarkable haptic experience. Many of their projects incorporate levers and pulley systems that operate windows, walls, skylights, all of which can be done by hand and effectively showcase beautiful networks of steel gears and components.

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

The project that has always stood out in my mind as being their most significant is the Chicken Point Cabin, located in Northern Idaho. The project is simply gorgeous. The use of steel, concrete block, ply wood and glass are composed in a poetic harmony rarely found. The materials not only look stunning from the first, but they will only get better with time as they naturally patina. The layout is simple and effective. Everything a cabin should be, and even though it's a large size for a typical cabin, it has a very intimate and private presence. 

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

Several pieces of the cabin really make this project stand out; the enormous operable glazed wall, the rough steel fireplace/chimney, the oversize front door, the massive cantilevered roof, and the large concrete block fin walls.

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects


© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

A few of my other favorites...(click for larger image)
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The Brain
Located in Seattle, Washington

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

© Marco Prozzo for Olson Kundig Architects

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The Pierre
Located on the San Juan Islands, Washington 

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects
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Delta Shelter
Located in Mazama, Washington 

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects


© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies for Olson Kundig Architects

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Art Stable
Located in Seattle, Washington

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider for Olson Kundig Architects

More information on them here.