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Tom Kundig building for people and place

Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig grew up in the Big Sky country of Washington State, far removed in distance and character from Seattle where he and his partners at Olson Kundig Architects now practice. He loved that landscape and is still, at age 57, an avid rock climber and downhill skier. As a youth he worked in a sawmill, hung out with a sculptor who taught him to make things, and transformed old cars into hot-rods. Those formative experiences, of the earth and machines, infuse the houses and cabins he has built on the lakes and islands around Seattle, and in the wild terrain of the northwestern United States. Raw and idiosyncratic, they move far beyond the classic modern dwellings that his father, a Swiss architect, designed. “They had big windows that pulled in views but couldn’t be opened,” he recalls. “I felt I was in an aquarium. All my architecture has a consistent attitude: I want to go outside....

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