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Tom Kundig: Houses [Hardcover]

Steven Holl , Rick Joy , Dung Ngo
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Book Description

Oct. 15 2006
The work of Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig has been called both raw and refined, as well as super-crafted and warm. Kundig's projects, especially his houses, uniquely combine these two seemingly disparate sets of characteristics to produce some of the most inventive structures found in the architecture world today. Kundig's internationally acclaimed work is inspired by both the industrial structures with which he grew up in the Pacific Northwest and the vibrant craft cultures that are fostered there. His buildings uniquely meld industrial sensibilities and materials such as Cor-ten steel and concrete with an intuitive understanding of scale. As Kundig states, "The idea is insaperable from the fabrication, inseparable from the materials used." Tom Kundig: Houses presents five projects in depth, from their early conceptual sketches to their final lovingly wrought, intimate details. Kundig's houses reflect a sustained and active collaborative process between designer, craftsmen, and owners, resulting in houses that bring to life the architect's intentions, the materials used, and lines of unforgettable beauty.

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Dung Ngo is the author of numerous design books including Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture, World House Now, and Art + Architrecture: The Ebsworth Collection and Residence.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 29 2010
Awesome architect, awesome book, great drawings, photos, and details. everything. Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars deserves an excellent review Oct. 13 2009
By neko
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even if the book takes a few weeks to deliver, it is definitely worth the wait.

the architecture of tom kundig (of olsen sundberg kundig allen, or OSKA) is quite unique and extremely well detailed...simply inspirational work.

a talented designer and an absolute must-buy book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of content Feb. 10 2007
By Brandon Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
I own many books dedicated to a single architects work. Often times these type of books display two or three rooms of a house and never get into the nitty gritty of a project. "Tom Kundig: Houses" is different. This book leaves little to the imagination, offering sometimes up to 15-20 pages to a single project. The pictures are very clear and tell a lot about the concept of a house as a whole. The only knock I'd say is that every project is so similar to the next that it becomes hard to differentiate. But if you admire his style, that shouldn't be much of a problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing craftsmanship and details illustrated Nov. 29 2008
By Heejae Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I first came across Tom Kundig's works in the monograph for Olson Sundberg Kindig Allen's monograph (Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: Architecture, Art, and Craft) and was amazed then at the refined "human" touch of materials and finishes chosen for the projects.
This book focuses further on this aesthetic appeal by showcasing Tom Kundig's houses only. It shows some of the numerous sketches and drawings that Tom Kundig drew in order to convey his ideas to the client/contractor. The level of details depicted in the photography is also breathtaking as it reveals the intricate details of bespoke door handles, hinges, rollers that the architect custom designed. I only wish I knew how long and how much each of his projects must've costed his clients because this level of detail in any residence is very. very rare.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in modern houses that uses rustic materials in a refined composition~

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Houses Feb. 3 2010
By Mr. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Well made and laid out book. Shows floor plans and plenty of descriptions. IMHO, Tom Kundig is the Frank L. Wright of the 21st Century with his unique designs and innovations. Architecture that is thinking "outside the box". Have had many of my friends browse through this book at my house, and their expression and comments are always "WOW!". I really like the Delta Shelter in the book. Many inspirations for my future Dream Cabin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, extremely good value, one of best ever purchases.. Oct. 27 2013
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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We bought this with Tom's sequel "Houses 2" and its one of my favourites of all time now. Primarily pictorial, with excellent quality photography and inclusion of designer's diagrams. Theres always something new to notice on each page and the surrounding landscapes on most pictures are worth admiring in their own right!
This and Houses 2 will be one of the few books we bring with us when we relocate internationally in the near future. Highly recommended to anyone interested in architecture, design, photography, landscapes or just an interesting book to leave out for guests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great example of thorough documentation on a house Aug. 31 2008
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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It has it all...big picture (site info, plans/sections/elevations and design sketches) to little picture (construction details and process).
Too bad the recently published Ebsworth monograph isn't as comprehensive as this...
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