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Tom Kundig
Dung Ngo

ISBN 9781568986050
Publication date 12/1/2006
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm), Hardcover
176 pages, 150 color illustrations, 25 b/w illustrations
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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 steel and concrete with an intuitive understanding of scale. As Kundig states, "The idea is inseparable 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.

Dung Ngo is an editor and writer and the principal of NGO Studio in New York and San Francisco. He is the author of Bent Ply (PAP, 2003), World House Now (Universe, 2003), and co-author of Open House (Rizzoli, 2002).


Editorial Reviews

Art + Auction:
"Documents five splendid but very different houses in the Pacific Northwest. . . . The careful layout of color photographs conveys the architect's masterful handling of space and light. One client says that sitting in the 1,000-square-foot studio Kundig designed for him is 'like being in my brain.' In that case, his brain is a fascinating space."

"One of Kundig's fascinations is what he likes to call 'gizmos' -- mechanical devices that evoke a certain 19th century charm, taking form in operable contraptions constructed of gears, rods, cables, cranks and levers, a kind of romantic Jules Verne vision of technology."

"Presents five projects in depth, from the early conceptual sketches to final stunning details. His houses reflect a sustained and active collaborative process between designer, craftsmen and owners. All located in Washington State, these houses not only convey the keen eye of the architect's inspiration but also the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Pacific Northwest."

Residential Architect:
"An informative write-up on each project accompanies dozens of photos, line drawings, hand sketches, plans, elevations, sections, and captions. Insightful essays . . . are interspersed throughout the volume. "

Builder News:
"(Kundig) has a unique style that comes from incorporating his passion for physics and mechanics. The book gives a taste of what Kundig is capable of doing both architecturally and mechanically, though each featured home could easily fill the nearly 200 pages on their own." — Mark Bernard Steck

Sunday Seattle Times & Post Intelligencer:
"Intriguing pictures of artist Carol Bobo's 'Studio House' and the lofty 'Brain Studio' Kundig put together for film director David Wild are highlights of the book, not to mention Michael Friedrich's succinct little 'Delta Shelter' weekend getaway. . . . A welcome resource on a local architect."

Architectural Record:
"Kundig's details inspire a childlike curiosity that begs people to take his work apart and learn how it operates. . . . It is difficult not to be captured by the obsessive minutia and mechanistic moments in these houses.Tom Kundig has proved himself an architect with a crafty aesthetic that can become addictive. No doubt his image-heavy monograph will feed the fever."

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce:
"The houses featured in the book reveal Kundig's interest in combining art, craft and the experience of built space with respect for the environment."

Innovative Home:
"Creating some of the most innovative structures today, Kundig's buildings uniquely meld industrial sensibilities and such materials as steel and concrete with an intuitive understanding of scale."

World Architecture News:
"The internationally acclaimed houses featured in the book reveal Kundig's reverence for materials, while combining art, craft and the experience of built space with respect for the environment."

Metropolitan Home:
"An in-depth look at five projects by a Seattle-based talent who is one of the standard-bearers of homes that seamlessly blend the natural and the industrial."

Odessa American:
"The Seattle architectural firm Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen is known for making buildings that are friendly to art, so its no suprise that partner Tom Kundigs houses are geared to promoting creativity and serenity." — Sheila Farr

Residential Architect:
"Examines (Kundig's) projects closely, exploring and explaining (his) penchant for making mechanical devices--he calls them 'gizmos'--part of a design. It also illuminates the ways in which his personal experiences, including an apprenticeship with the sculptor Harold Balazs and a passion for mountain climbing, have influenced his work. Kundig continues to push residential design into uncharted territory."

"(This book) should find its way to the bookshelves of everyone interested in remarkable contemporary domestic architecture . . . If there is a current master of the modern house, it must be Kundig. "

Houses (Issue 55):
"Residing in Seattle, Tom Kundig has more than just a little of the eccentric genius about him. Even if youve never heard of him, this book will have you ooohing and ahhhing at his extraordinary architecture." — Christopher Moore

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