March 08,2024

2014 AD100: Olson Kundig Architects

by David Stewart

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Started by Jim Olson in the 1960s—and now also named for Tom Kundig, who joined as co-owner in ’96—this Seattle powerhouse is praised for its handsome industrial-meets-organic aesthetic, which generally features unpainted wood paired with expanses of steel, concrete, and glass. The firm has a devoted international clientele, especially among design-minded art collectors. Olson Kundig’s portfolio, which includes homes as well as cultural, retail, and hospitality projects, reflects a consistent concern with capturing a sense of place in an environmentally responsible way. The recent monograph Jim Olson: Art in Architecture (Ram Publications + Distributions) honors this legacy, showcasing five decades of residential work that, in Olson’s words, “tries to help focus our attention on the miracles of nature and the magic of art.” olsonkundigarchitectom

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