- 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: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tom Kundig: Houses 2 Hardcover – Aug 24 2011
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From the work explored in Houses 2, its obvious that Kundig has mastered both the simple and the complex-- and that one of the joys of his work is that nothing is overlooked. --Designers & Books
Handsome... The book's artful shots of [the houses] let you come at them from all angles, creating an illusion of immersion in them. --Seattle Times
Seattle architect Tom Kundig designs striking contemporary homes, 17 of which are featured in a recently-released photo book. "Tom Kundig: Houses 2" follows up on his first collection, released in 2006. --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The architect follows up his first monograph with a new volume devoted to 17 stunning homes. The far-flung projects-from an industrial-chic apartment in New York City to a cliff-side beach house in Maui-showcase Kundig's inventive use of steel, concrete, and glass as well as his ability to create flexible spaces that incorporate the buildings' natural surroundings. --ArchitecturalDigest.com
For fans of Tom Kundig's houses, both of the books published by Princeton Architectural Press are must-haves. The first is exemplary for presenting the details of his kinetic designs. The sequel makes it clear that his design skills are consistent across close to 20 projects, regardless of location, scale or size. Houses 2 also includes plenty of interior photos. These prove that Kundig equally excels at crafting interior spaces that are appropriate for each house and client and are as varied as his exteriors are kinetic. --archidose.com
Handsome...The book's artful shots of [the houses] let you come at them from all angles, creating an illusion of immersion in them. --Seattle Times
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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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.
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.