10 Olson Kundig Houses

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March 13, 2014
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  The steel-clad Rolling Huts designed by Olson Kundig Architects in Manzama, Washington, sit lightly on the land thanks to wheels that allow the tiny residences to "hover" above the site, optimizing views of the landscape. Photo by Derek Pirozzi.

    The steel-clad Rolling Huts designed by Olson Kundig Architects in Manzama, Washington, sit lightly on the land thanks to wheels that allow the tiny residences to "hover" above the site, optimizing views of the landscape. Photo by Derek Pirozzi.

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  When raised via wire rope and hydraulic winch, the floor-to-ceiling shutters on the False Bay Writer's Cabin protect the interior. When lowered, they add 600 square feet of deck—and sweeping views of the landscape. “It’s edited and clear,” Kundig says. “Parts of it are intentionally exposed, and others are protected, enclosed, and intimate.” Photo by: Tim Bies    This originally appeared in Best in Glass.

    When raised via wire rope and hydraulic winch, the floor-to-ceiling shutters on the False Bay Writer's Cabin protect the interior. When lowered, they add 600 square feet of deck—and sweeping views of the landscape. “It’s edited and clear,” Kundig says. “Parts of it are intentionally exposed, and others are protected, enclosed, and intimate.” Photo by: Tim Bies

    This originally appeared in Best in Glass.
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  Built on the site of a former horse stable, Art Stable is a mixed-use infill project in Seattle, Washington, that boasts an 80-foot-tall hinge for hand-cranked doors. Photo by: Benjamin Benschneider.

    Built on the site of a former horse stable, Art Stable is a mixed-use infill project in Seattle, Washington, that boasts an 80-foot-tall hinge for hand-cranked doors. Photo by: Benjamin Benschneider.

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  In Sitges, Spain, Olson Kunding crafted a live-work house for two artists. Large panels of steel arch from the ground over the entrance, curving to create part of the building’s roof. Materials with a strong industrial aesthetic, including untreated steel and cast-in-place concrete, are used in the entry sequence, while the rear of the building opens to the landscape. Photo by: Nikolas Koenig.

    In Sitges, Spain, Olson Kunding crafted a live-work house for two artists. Large panels of steel arch from the ground over the entrance, curving to create part of the building’s roof. Materials with a strong industrial aesthetic, including untreated steel and cast-in-place concrete, are used in the entry sequence, while the rear of the building opens to the landscape. Photo by: Nikolas Koenig.

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  The Hammer House in Seattle is clad in weathered steel panels, which provide privacy from the busy street. Natural light enters from a glass-walled bay directly behind the opaque wall. Photo by: Nic Lehoux

    The Hammer House in Seattle is clad in weathered steel panels, which provide privacy from the busy street. Natural light enters from a glass-walled bay directly behind the opaque wall. Photo by: Nic Lehoux

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  A steel canopy at the Tansu House on Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle protects people as they walk from the garage to the front door.    This originally appeared in Modern Steel House in Seattle.

    A steel canopy at the Tansu House on Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle protects people as they walk from the garage to the front door.

    This originally appeared in Modern Steel House in Seattle.
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  Olson Kundig is known for designing homes that allow residents to be as integrated or removed from nature as they'd like to be. This stop-motion video by Kevin Scott of Röllerhaus Pictureworks and Design Co. and Seattle-based composer Joshua Kohl of the Shadowboxx house on Washington's San Juan Islands show just how amazingly adaptable Olson Kundig's designs can be—kind of like kinetic sculptures built for living.    This originally appeared in A Stop Motion Video of a Shape-Shifting House.

    Olson Kundig is known for designing homes that allow residents to be as integrated or removed from nature as they'd like to be. This stop-motion video by Kevin Scott of Röllerhaus Pictureworks and Design Co. and Seattle-based composer Joshua Kohl of the Shadowboxx house on Washington's San Juan Islands show just how amazingly adaptable Olson Kundig's designs can be—kind of like kinetic sculptures built for living.

    This originally appeared in A Stop Motion Video of a Shape-Shifting House.
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  "Conceived as a bunker nestled into the rock, the Pierre celebrates the materiality of the site," Olson Kunding states on its website. "From certain angles, the house almost fully disappears into nature." The entrance, sandwiched between a rock and a concrete wall features a steel awning. Photo by: Benjamin Benschneider.

    "Conceived as a bunker nestled into the rock, the Pierre celebrates the materiality of the site," Olson Kunding states on its website. "From certain angles, the house almost fully disappears into nature." The entrance, sandwiched between a rock and a concrete wall features a steel awning. Photo by: Benjamin Benschneider.

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  On Puget Sound, activist and filmmaker Anna Hoover collaborated with Les Eerkes, a principal at Olson Kundig Architects, on a 693-square-foot studio in the woods. Using freecycled materials and a six-footed foundation to rein in construction costs, Hoover and Eerkes created a distinctive structure that treads lightly on the land. Cost-effective hot-rolled steel—steel being an Olson Kunding signature—covers the treads on the staircase leading to the sleeping loft. Photo by: Benjamin Benschneider.  Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.   This originally appeared in An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington.

    On Puget Sound, activist and filmmaker Anna Hoover collaborated with Les Eerkes, a principal at Olson Kundig Architects, on a 693-square-foot studio in the woods. Using freecycled materials and a six-footed foundation to rein in construction costs, Hoover and Eerkes created a distinctive structure that treads lightly on the land. Cost-effective hot-rolled steel—steel being an Olson Kunding signature—covers the treads on the staircase leading to the sleeping loft. Photo by: Benjamin Benschneider.

    Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
    This originally appeared in An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington.
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  On a four-acre site on Salt Spring Island, just southwest of Vancouver, Olson Kundig crafted a cabin—modest in size yet bold in design—on the site where another cottage once stood. Inside the walls of rammed earth and steel, the 191-square-foot space is a cozy nook warmed by the caramel colors of the cedar on the floor and ceiling, which was milled from salvaged timbers, as well as the heat produced by the wood-burning stove. “The small size creates an intimate, protected refuge within a larger landscape,” Kundig says. “It forces you to engage with the bigger landscape yet still provides a sanctuary from the elements.”  Courtesy of Tom Bies.  This originally appeared in First-Class Cabins.

    On a four-acre site on Salt Spring Island, just southwest of Vancouver, Olson Kundig crafted a cabin—modest in size yet bold in design—on the site where another cottage once stood. Inside the walls of rammed earth and steel, the 191-square-foot space is a cozy nook warmed by the caramel colors of the cedar on the floor and ceiling, which was milled from salvaged timbers, as well as the heat produced by the wood-burning stove. “The small size creates an intimate, protected refuge within a larger landscape,” Kundig says. “It forces you to engage with the bigger landscape yet still provides a sanctuary from the elements.”

    Courtesy of Tom Bies.
    This originally appeared in First-Class Cabins.
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