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.

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  • @alanmaskin is thrilled to be invited back to sit on a stellar jury roster for the largest architectural ideas competition in the world, #FairyTales2018
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sponsored by the remarkable @blankspacenyc, this competition celebrates the relationship between narrative and architecture.  @olsonkundig entered years ago and had a blast. There is a $40 discount on registration that ends today (go to their IG or website) and we encourage you to get your work in front of Liz Diller, Bjarke, Thom Mayne, Daniel Libeskind... and many others on the jury roster.
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this snippet from our 5th Facade film includes the drawings and narrative by @jerometryon and the OK team: @civitaveritas @vagabondcoyote.  video artists were @sntdesign @rypat @chrisburnside
    October 20

    @alanmaskin is thrilled to be invited back to sit on a stellar jury roster for the largest architectural ideas competition in the world, #FairyTales2018

    sponsored by the remarkable @blankspacenyc, this competition celebrates the relationship between narrative and architecture. @olsonkundig entered years ago and had a blast. There is a $40 discount on registration that ends today (go to their IG or website) and we encourage you to get your work in front of Liz Diller, Bjarke, Thom Mayne, Daniel Libeskind… and many others on the jury roster.

    this snippet from our 5th Facade film includes the drawings and narrative by @jerometryon and the OK team: @civitaveritas @vagabondcoyote. video artists were @sntdesign @rypat @chrisburnside

  • @alanmaskin is thrilled to be invited back to sit on a stellar jury roster for the largest architectural ideas competition in the world, #FairyTales2018
—
sponsored by the remarkable @blankspacenyc, this competition celebrates the relationship between narrative and architecture.  @olsonkundig entered years ago and had a blast. There is a $40 discount on registration that ends today (go to their IG or website) and we encourage you to get your work in front of Liz Diller, Bjarke, Thom Mayne, Daniel Libeskind... and many others on the jury roster.
—
this snippet from our 5th Facade film includes the drawings and narrative by @jerometryon and the OK team: @civitaveritas @vagabondcoyote.  video artists were @sntdesign @rypat @chrisburnside
    October 20

    @alanmaskin is thrilled to be invited back to sit on a stellar jury roster for the largest architectural ideas competition in the world, #FairyTales2018

    sponsored by the remarkable @blankspacenyc, this competition celebrates the relationship between narrative and architecture. @olsonkundig entered years ago and had a blast. There is a $40 discount on registration that ends today (go to their IG or website) and we encourage you to get your work in front of Liz Diller, Bjarke, Thom Mayne, Daniel Libeskind… and many others on the jury roster.

    this snippet from our 5th Facade film includes the drawings and narrative by @jerometryon and the OK team: @civitaveritas @vagabondcoyote. video artists were @sntdesign @rypat @chrisburnside

  • back in Brazil, @alanmaskin, Tom, and fellow members of the @van_alen #internationalcouncil visited a number of housing projects (and several occupied buildings) in a 3-day charette on urban density — including a visit to a 5-year art/research project with the founding members of São Paulo art collective Lanchonete (@lanchonetepontoorg)
    October 3

    back in Brazil, @alanmaskin, Tom, and fellow members of the @van_alen #internationalcouncil visited a number of housing projects (and several occupied buildings) in a 3-day charette on urban density — including a visit to a 5-year art/research project with the founding members of São Paulo art collective Lanchonete (@lanchonetepontoorg)

  • this week, Olson Kundig joins architecture and design firms from around the world for the @van_alen Institute’s International Council Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil —
Tom Kundig and @alanmaskin’s first order of business off the red eye was out to Avenida Paulista to look at buildings...
First up: @imoreirasalles, a free museum designed by @andrademorettin Arquitectos. The well-detailed glass curtain wall building is devoted to photography and film, and Alan and Tom saw a portion of a terrific 24 hour piece called “The Clock” by Christian Marclay and Robert Frank's iconic work “The Americans”
(image by @alanmaskin)
    October 2

    this week, Olson Kundig joins architecture and design firms from around the world for the @van_alen Institute’s International Council Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil —
    Tom Kundig and @alanmaskin’s first order of business off the red eye was out to Avenida Paulista to look at buildings…
    First up: @imoreirasalles, a free museum designed by @andrademorettin Arquitectos. The well-detailed glass curtain wall building is devoted to photography and film, and Alan and Tom saw a portion of a terrific 24 hour piece called “The Clock” by Christian Marclay and Robert Frank’s iconic work “The Americans”
    (image by @alanmaskin)

  • we are always looking for driven and enthusiastic team members to join our studio in Seattle — check the website link in our bio for current list of open positions (image of the new Tom Kundig-designed @burkemuseum project currently under construction, photo by @lindsaykunz)
    September 14

    we are always looking for driven and enthusiastic team members to join our studio in Seattle — check the website link in our bio for current list of open positions (image of the new Tom Kundig-designed @burkemuseum project currently under construction, photo by @lindsaykunz)

  • a model of Jim Olson's Earth House in our studio, a timeless example of integrated natural form which we still turn to for inspiration — #ok_classics #archmodelmonday
    September 11

    a model of Jim Olson’s Earth House in our studio, a timeless example of integrated natural form which we still turn to for inspiration — #ok_classics #archmodelmonday

  • #ok_artifact — one of the dozens of barnacle encrusted stones and drift debris, sourced from around the Puget Sound by our Laura Bartunek for Jim Olson's "Home Base" retrospective exhibit at @uwsoa a few years ago
    September 11

    #ok_artifact — one of the dozens of barnacle encrusted stones and drift debris, sourced from around the Puget Sound by our Laura Bartunek for Jim Olson’s “Home Base” retrospective exhibit at @uwsoa a few years ago

  • part of his series "Alternate Histories" for Pioneer Square, a collaborative ideation project with fellow OK colleague Laura Bartunek, our @jerometryon envisions a Jackson Street regrade that is a bit more extensive that the historical one was (zoom for detail 🔍)
    August 30

    part of his series “Alternate Histories” for Pioneer Square, a collaborative ideation project with fellow OK colleague Laura Bartunek, our @jerometryon envisions a Jackson Street regrade that is a bit more extensive that the historical one was (zoom for detail 🔍)

  • eclipse shadows on a new concrete pour at one of our residential projects under construction (image by the contractor, via @kozo_nozawa)
  • repost from our Principal @kirsten3000 — getting some much appreciated input from our colleagues at this past Thursday crit
    August 14

    repost from our Principal @kirsten3000 — getting some much appreciated input from our colleagues at this past Thursday crit

  • a gorgeous strawberry shortcake complete with flowers from the roof garden, made by our friends at @copineproject, a @kirsten3000-designed restaurant in Ballard
  • these eerie and beautiful smoky views remind us that our northwest cities sit at the edge of a vast and fragile wilderness — be safe out there in the dry woods, and our thoughts are with those in affected burn areas
  • Hanno shares with us how to get a feel for the right mix of aggregate and earth
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(photos and reportage by @jarrihasnain, from his #ok_fellowship at Earthwork in Dornbirn, Austria)
  • preparing and sharing dinner in the main workspace — the Earthwork workshop includes people from over 15 different countries and a wide range of ages and experience backgrounds
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(photos and reportage by @jarrihasnain, from his #ok_fellowship at Earthwork in Dornbirn, Austria)
  • designed by Tom Kundig in 2004, the Seattle location of @winstonwachter gallery still feels fresh with its simple motif of walls that slip past one another within the old shell of a wholesale flower shop — currently the space hosts an incredible show by the highly imaginative graphite virtuoso @ethanmurrow, a must-see through June 20th
    May 31

    designed by Tom Kundig in 2004, the Seattle location of @winstonwachter gallery still feels fresh with its simple motif of walls that slip past one another within the old shell of a wholesale flower shop — currently the space hosts an incredible show by the highly imaginative graphite virtuoso @ethanmurrow, a must-see through June 20th

  • Yayoi Kusama, the 88-year-old artist still going strong, what an inspiration! — Jim Olson caught this amazing exhibit, "Infinity Mirrors" at the National Art Center in Tokyo, on his way back to Seattle after a wedding celebration, visiting clients, and checking in on a construction site in Jakarta 
on a related note: Kusama's show will be coming to the @seattleartmuseum June 30th, with tickets on sale starting today
(video by Jim Olson)
  • long weekend plans? here's current conditions at one of Tom's favorite Utah landscapes — Graham Peak and Cobb Peak of the Silver Island Range, reflected in a thin layer of water across the vast Bonneville Salt Flats (photo by Tom Kundig from a recent visit)
  • interested in joining our team? we're looking to fill a few positions at our Seattle-based studio, including architecture positions aimed at motivated designers with 5+ years of well-rounded experience.  If that sounds like you, check our website careers page (link in bio) or tag your talented friends here
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shown above: under the shadow of an attached sculpture by Robert Mangold, gleaming terra cotta baguettes mingle with cast glass on the facade of the nearly complete Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver. The project is led by Design Principal Jim Olson and Principal @kirsten3000
  • a floating dreamscape brought to life for the #DreamsHappen fundraising event, “Lacuna” by Olson Kundig blurs the boundaries between structure and sculpture — our staff architect Christian Poules and Associate Jordan Leppert collaborated on the project and share their thoughts on the design in this video produced by @visualstreet.tv (watch the full clip at the link in our bio)
    May 19

    a floating dreamscape brought to life for the #DreamsHappen fundraising event, “Lacuna” by Olson Kundig blurs the boundaries between structure and sculpture — our staff architect Christian Poules and Associate Jordan Leppert collaborated on the project and share their thoughts on the design in this video produced by @visualstreet.tv (watch the full clip at the link in our bio)

  • Tom and Alan taking in the scene at our newly cleared common space on the top floor of our studio — relocated workstations to our new 4th floor will make room for a dynamic intersection of all-hands meetings, guest speakers, crits, special events, and conversations of all kinds
  • @kirsten3000 visits with Kieran Long (@long_kieran), Director of @arkdesc (the Swedish Center for Architecture and Design) to discuss the current Josef Frank exhibit, the Eric Gunner Asplund archives and aspirations for integrating VR technology into the urban design process (image by @kirsten3000)
    May 2

    @kirsten3000 visits with Kieran Long (@long_kieran), Director of @arkdesc (the Swedish Center for Architecture and Design) to discuss the current Josef Frank exhibit, the Eric Gunner Asplund archives and aspirations for integrating VR technology into the urban design process (image by @kirsten3000)

  • we're looking for a talented collaborator for a new shop manager position at our studio in Seattle. the candidate will have a unique role in developing our traditional craft-based approach to design, and will manage our growing shop space. we are seeking someone who can help develop new processes using both traditional woodworking, and emerging digital fabrication tools to support our design teams.
if you or someone you know might be right for the job, please tag a friend and inquire at careers@olsonkundig.com
  • last week was the finale of the @seattleartmuseum Design Your [Neighbor]Hood program. we helped celebrate the students' redesign of the Bitter Lake Teen Center with a grand reopening party. it was a big success for everyone involved, and the community is already enjoying their vibrant new space. the future looks promising for young design talent! read the full story at the link in our profile
    April 24

    last week was the finale of the @seattleartmuseum Design Your [Neighbor]Hood program. we helped celebrate the students’ redesign of the Bitter Lake Teen Center with a grand reopening party. it was a big success for everyone involved, and the community is already enjoying their vibrant new space. the future looks promising for young design talent! read the full story at the link in our profile

  • the talented metal artists from 12th Avenue Iron at work – we team with these Seattle-based craftsmen to produce our Tom Kundig Collection of steel hardware and furniture. each piece is fabricated by hand and bears the subtle marks of its making (images by @andrewmacphersonofficial )
  • founding partner Jim Olson is one of the five Principal/Owners at Olson Kundig – learn more about Jim and his work at the link in our bio (image by @rafaelsoldi )
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