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.
a new house in Kauai taking shape using a completely dialed-in kit of parts from timber fabrication specialists .ca — Olson Kundig design team is Tom Kundig, , and
join us TONIGHT for our 6th annual Bob’s Brown Ale fundraiser and beer social in conjunction with our friends from — this very fun event raises money for the Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington & Alaska whose mission is to support seriously ill children and their families. There will be a silent auction including OK-staff-produced art and design items(!), a raffle, small bites and of course beer. Admission is free but we encourage donations.
It also conveniently falls on a First Thursday so there’s lots to do in Pioneer Square afterward. hope to see you all there.
5:30pm to 7:30pm tonight, December 1
at Olson Kundig, 159 S Jackson Street, 6th Floor, Seattle WA
huge thank you to #AD100 list (read more at the link in our bio) — pictured, Jim Olson’s Cabin at Longbranch and for including in the new 2017
we're excited to announce we've launched an OK Video section on our website (link in bio) — this will be a the new home for our growing number of film-based project featurettes, architectural storytelling vignettes, process-oriented shorts, design related interviews, and our twice monthly Speaker Series recordings... check it out and do stayed tuned for more
an elemental experience in the spa at Jim Olson’s — our in-house interior design team was Debbie Kennedy, Charlie Hellstern, and Cristina Acevedo
we’re always looking for talented collaborators to join our studio in Seattle, and a few new positions are listed on our website — of particular note, we are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and technologically curious candidate for the role of BIM manager: someone to complement our project teams with innovative and strategic building information modeling prowess and leading-edge software technique
if you or someone you know might be right for one of our openings please tag a friend and inquire at email@example.com
while walking to work one morning, saw an amazing new work in an alley by a street artist, posted it to insta, and within 15 minutes it was identified as — Alan made the connection to bring in the artist, Erik Burke, to tag and paste his work on our reimagined streetscape of Seattle’s International District, a cinematic architectural context for a cafe and retail court interior at Shinsegae (in Daegu, South Korea), with an ambiance based on several Edward Hopper paintings and Wong Kar-wai films
part of the design charrette was allowing the students to voice their thoughts on what "innovation" means and how it could complement their high schools existing facilities — discussion with the students and other mentors from engineering and construction teams took the form of our weekly crit, an open pin-up where there's no bad ideas
this year another group of Olson Kundig staff is participating in the ACE Mentor Program, a series of after school design sessions which meet over the length of the school year to help mentor high school students and inspire them to pursue careers in design and construction — this week we hosted the students at our studio to brainstorm programmatic diagrams for their soon-to-be-developed Innovation Lab building
#ok_travels and OK Principal Stephen Yamada-Heidner traveled to Berlin this week to visit for the first time with curators & education staff at the .de, government officials, and potential design partners — the remodel we are designing for this beautiful naturally lit 1960’s flower market building will house their new Kindermuseum, the third structure on the museum campus
juxtaposed with our inclusion in the top 50 on ’s innaugrual Hot List — here’s a snowy photo of Studhorse, a residence designed by Tom Kundig near Winthrop WA, which once recorded the coldest temperature in Washington State at -48F
we’re super proud of our entire team on the recent announcement of being named Hospitality Development of the Year by NAIOP Washington — we share the honor with our partners Turner Construction and Touchstone (image by .lehoux)
a key aspect of the proposed scheme is a new, highly visible re-activation of the historic staircase linking the mezzanine overlooking the restored train station hall with the new 3rd floor community gallery and offices — a simple steel plate wraps the staircase to meet modern code requirements and provide a unified wayfinding experience in this currently hidden entrance (rendering by project team #artsaboard.a.crespo and Brandon Crain)
Olson Kundig Principal Jerry Garcia presented our architectural strategy for creating inclusive and flexible spaces which foster both rotating curation from underrepresented voices as well as permanent meeting space for Seattle arts institutions — maintaining historic character while giving as much room to emerging artists is critical to the proposed design
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at this morning’s community discussion and pancake breakfast at Seattle’s King Street Station, Shaun outlined the vision for the future of the newly designed space we’re working on as an equitable arts hub: — Flexible space that can be a coming-together place for creative cross-pollination across many disciplines and needs: both generative and presentation space. — A creative commons at the center: a train station is by definition a place where people are brought together. Structure and programming do the same. — A hub to experience art, but also a place for artists and makers to come together for collaboration, community, and creativity.
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Jim Olson, , and Associate Daniel Ralls landing in Tokyo this morning — en route to visit clients in Jakarta and Seoul (image by Jim Olson)
a rendering we did in collaboration with designer #urbandeathproject’s recomposition prototype — with fundraising in the works, this ceremonial/scientific/ecological experiment would be constructed at WSU this spring, another step toward Spade’s goal of finding an alternative to burial and cremation through human composting, to imagine a full scale experience of the
new heights, same respect for views of the surrounding landscape — we’re thrilled to share the new cover featuring Shinsegae International, designed by Tom Kundig (photo by )
for Tom, the most exciting and humbling part of his induction to the National Academy is the fantastic and highly influential peer group — fellow inductees include Shigeru Ban, Judith Bernstein, Tom Burckhardt, Jackie Ferrara, Louise Fishman, Graham Gund, Rick Joy, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Mónica Ponce de León, Dread Scott, Arlene Shechet, Peter Shelton, Ed Smith, Ned Smyth, Gary Stephan, Mickalene Thomas, Leslie Wayne, and Jack Whitten (photo by )
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