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Architect Tom Kundig is known worldwide for the originality of his work. This paperback edition of Tom Kundig: Houses, first published in 2006, collects five of his most prominent early residential projects, which remain touchstones for him today. In a new preface written for this edition, Kundig reflects on the influence that these designs continue to have on his current thinking. Each house, presented from conceptual sketches through meticulously realized details, is the product of a sustained and active collaborative process among designer, builder, and client. The work of the Seattle-based architect has been called both raw and refined—disparate characteristics that produce extraordinarily inventive designs inspired by both the industrial structures ubiquitous to his upbringing in the Pacific Northwest and the vibrant craft cultures that are fostered there.
About the Author
Dung Ngo is editor-in-chief of August: A Journal of Travel + Design.
Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, is a principal and owner of Seattle-based Olson Kundig. He was elected to the National Academy of Design as an Academician in Architecture in 2016, and he received the Seattle AIA Gold Medal in 2018. Kundig's work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Architect, Architectural Record, and Architectural Digest. His most recent book, Tom Kundig: Working Title, was published in 2020.
"Originally published in 2006, this small but important book was the first to show five early houses by Interior Design Hall of Fame member Tom Kundig of Seattle's Olson Kundig Architects….In these early works Kundig shows himself to be a master of the highly personal concept for each client and topography as well as the congruent detail, an architect who is also an inventor, craftsman, and—in spirit—a sportsman. " – Interior Design
""[Tom Kundig: Houses], originally released in 2006, celebrates five of Kundig’s most finely crafted early residential projects. Presented from early concept through to completion, the schemes are the perfect embodiment of the cabin typology as displayed by the American architecture practice’s powerful approach." – Wallpaper (UK),