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Tom Kundig: Houses 2 [Hardcover]

Tom Kundig

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Aug. 24 2011
Our 2006 monograph Tom Kundig: Houses was an instant critical and commercial success. Over the past five years, Seattle-based Kundig has continued his meteoric rise, collecting numerous awards, including the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture Design. Tom Kundig: Houses 2 features seventeen residential projects, ranging from a five hundred-square-foot cabin in the woods to a house carved into and built out of solid rock. In his new work, Kundig continues to strike a balance between raw and refined and modern and warm, creating inviting spaces with a strong sense of place. The houses seamlessly incorporate his signature inventive details, rich materials, and stunning sites from the majestic Northwestern forest to the severe high desert.

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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

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First book is better April 20 2012
By Elden Lindamood - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Kundig: Houses 2 Nov. 22 2011
By Carolyn Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seattle's Best Architect Oct. 13 2011
By Ben Schiendelman - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Kundig:House 2 Oct. 14 2011
By Bruce H. Creager - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Regionalism with an edge! Oct. 6 2011
By mtarch - Published on Amazon.com
Great volume, well illustrated! Tom Kundig's work demonstrates how confident, contemporary design can marry very powerful site and regional context all the while retaining a fresh uniqueness with no pseudo historical affectations employed by lesser talents. Very Refreshing!

More drawings and footnotes as employed in the wonderful Olsen Sundberg Kundig Allen; architecture, art and craft volume could add clarity and allow the reader to gain more insight in the architect's design process.

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