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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890407
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.2 x 31.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manipulating and combining familiar cultural and physical material, [Kundig] makes buildings that do unfamiliar, wonderful things... This volume joins Tom Kundig: Houses (2008) as testament to an architectural original at the height of his formidable powers. --Residential Architecture

About the Author

Tom Kundig is a Seattle-based architect and a principal of Olson Kundig Architects. In 2008, he received a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2007, he was recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Academy Award in Architecture.

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This book is as good as advertised and a good sequel to the fist book. It's mostly photographs (including close-ups of smaller details.) A few drawings (plans and sections only) and text.
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HASH(0xa5ca7944) out of 5 stars First book is better April 20 2012
By Elden Lindamood - Published on
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Although there are a couple of interesting projects in this book, I didn't find nearly as inspiring as the work represented in Kundig's first "Houses" book. There are larger projects in this book which seemed, to me, to lack the intimate interaction with detail that seemed prevalent in the first book's projects. It is a nice book with some beautiful projects, but I think the first volume set my expectations too high.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ca7b90) out of 5 stars Not the same content and detail as first volume Dec 23 2012
By Mark - Published on
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So, a disclaimer - I'm reviewing this as an architect, and also reviewing it as a HUGE fan of the first book, "Tom Kundig: Houses". I would give the first volume/book 5 stars.

Here is my biggest issue with this book - I am disappointed that it did NOT provide similar content/presentation/detail as presented in the first book. I would categorize this as a "coffee table" type of book. There are several projects presented (about 20 houses). There is a single presentation (hard-line) floor plan for each project, and an occasional presentation section. It has beautiful photography thoroughly depicting each project, including close-up photos of the Kundig "gizmos". Unfortunately, I'm missing the additional content - there are NONE of the hand-drawn sketches, diagrammatic drawings, process drawings, elevations or site plans, which were included in the first book. I'm bummed. I find Kundig's houses to be very compelling - he has fantastic sites, and his houses have clear organization, and meticulous craftsmanship and detailing. If you like his work, then this volume has a lot to digest, but pictures will be the your primary means to enjoy the work.

I have noticed that Dung Ngo (whom edited the first volume) did not edit this volume. Megan Carey, is editing this volume. Ngo, is credited as the "designer" - not sure what that title means. Not sure if the change in personnel is any explanation for the format change.

I suspect that a non-architect might like this volume better than the first, due to the predominately photographic presentation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ca7b54) out of 5 stars Seattle's Best Architect Oct. 13 2011
By Ben Schiendelman - Published on
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Tom Kundig, now working with Jim Olson as a principal at Olson/Kundig, is probably the most striking Pacific Coast Modern architect. While the style already often uses hard lines and industrial materials, Kundig amplifies this with steel paneling, unpainted metal, and exposed, specially designed mechanicals to open walls and doors.

Kundig's work continues to mature, and Houses 2 showcases his most unique challenges: buildings on wheels, cut into stone (The Pierre, on the cover), and examples of purpose-built architecture - a winery and home+studio are included.

This book shows a wider range than "Houses," and leads the way for a step forward in west coast architecture.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa541d054) out of 5 stars Tom Kundig: Houses 2 Nov. 22 2011
By Carolyn Burnett - Published on
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Im an converting a commercial warehouse in Sydney's Paddington to an open plan residence and want to give it an Industrial feel.
His books have inspired me with his amazing use of concrete and steel.
Stairs, windows , doors and the use of pulleys and mechanical devices are awe inspiring.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes an Industrial Design , creative ideas, quirky , but still maintaining a warm feeling.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ca7ee4) out of 5 stars Tom Kundig:House 2 Oct. 14 2011
By Bruce H. Creager - Published on
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Well, the first surprise was my not having known that my friend Juhani Pallasmmaa wrote the introduction - always a very perceptive person with a lot to contribute to the way we think about architecture and the act of designing for site, client and time. I would recommend his books as well to any young architect, or even an older one! Juhani, not having visited Tom Kundig's buildings, is very good at 'reading architecture'.

Now, this book has some beautiful photographs, a few, very few plans, very small, incomplete, and no drawn details - it's a coffee table book for prospective clients. However, for those architects who follow Tom Kundig's work, we can do what Juhani has had to do, we have learned to 'read architecture' too. So, I do recommend this book to both clients and residential architects who appreciate Tom Kundig's works. This book is very well presented, the writing is excellent, the photos absolutely spectacular, but complete plans and some sections would have made it even better.

Dan Friedman's closing essay completes the picture of the Pacific Northwest and in particular Tom Kundig's passion and development as a fine architect - inventor, his 'transformative' machines in the spirit of the old master, yet put to modern living use. What a fine statement.