Tom Kundig Tom Kundig, Building for People and Place
Course Description The course focuses on Tom Kundig's work, looking at some of the unexpected and visually impressive houses he has created in spectacular settings. His buildings start with his primitive response to the earth and use humble materials, leaving room for the buildings to express a strong sense of identity and find original ways to integrate into the landscape. The approach in this course is to look closely at how the architect makes the buildings comfortable, liveable and practical, while also meeting the challenges derived from the Kundig's openness to nature. Two buildings are examined in detail, using pictures, technical drawings and construction details, with the related keys, along with an introductory text on the architect's most recent projects.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Describe the design methods and strategies used to insert the residence deftly into nature, while creating a strong visual impact, and explain how the project also expresses the architect's enormous creativity.
Analyse the importance of dialogue between client and architect and the need for cooperation to create a building that actually matches up to the intended use.
Explore how the design creates a building that is excellent to live in, while being environmentally friendly and illustrate how the intersection between architecture and nature lies at the heart of the design.
Analyse the materials used in the construction, cladding and finishings, looking at how interior comfort meets the need for comfort of the inhabitants.