In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week Seven: First site visit with Tom Kundig.
The following teaser clip is from the upcoming documentary film series "Maxon House." The series chronicles the art and craft of our Tom Kundig-designed house and features footage from concept through completion. The documentary is being produced by Seattle-based Kontent Partners and directed by Craig Brooks. The focus of the series is to share the stories of all the individuals, companies and organizations who were brought in to work in their respective areas of expertise on this project. Over 60 individuals will lend their particular craft to the Maxon House project, from foresters to architects, surveyors to tree limbers. The myth of the architect working in solitude is just that: a myth. This film will celebrate the journey, process, and all the stories and characters who worked to make the house possible. For more information, check out maxonhouse.com. Next week's blog post will share some behind-the-scenes photos of the documentary and an interview with the director.
Maxonhouse // Tom Kundig teaser from kontent partners on Vimeo.
It was a clear, sunny spring Saturday in Carnation, the town thirty miles east of Seattle where we’d purchased 21 acres. Our house in the suburbs had sold and was all packed up and ready for moving day. The five of us arrived at Starbucks to meet up with Tom Kundig and our project architect Edward LaLonde. This was the first time my wife and three boys met the team that would be directly responsible for designing our future residence. (I’d met Tom once before, but hadn’t yet met Edward.)
April 13, 2011