31 JAN 2016

Tom Kundig – Architecture and Inspiration

Seattle based Architect Tom Kundig is in New Zealand as a guest judge for the 'Home of the Year' competition.


Words by Dan Eagle

Architect Tom Kundig is currently in New Zealand as a guest judge for HOME New Zealand magazine's 'Home of the Year' competition. He was good enough to give a public talk at Auckland University on his work, which quickly sold out. Luckily we booked early and managed to get a seat in a large lecture hall that was packed to capacity.

If you've seen any of the amazing buildings designed by Kundig, you'll quickly realise just why he's so popular. He has an incredible ability to create intimate, memorable spaces that flow seamlessly into often expansive and rugged landscapes. His work captures a rustic modernism that integrates weathered timber, rusted steel, concrete and glass to form visually elegant masterpieces.

Kundig's talk was a personal and inspiring insight into his life and influences. When you hear about his love of climbing, mountain biking, hot rod culture and growing up around the mining and logging industries of rural America you get a vivid insight into the things he has created. We really enjoyed the talk and found his advice highly relevant and motivating.

Tom Kundig will also be giving an interview at 10.05am this Monday (1st Feb) on National Radio with Kathryn Ryan, so make sure you tune in. If you can't listen on the day it will also be up online on the RNZ website here.

We've taken a few of our favourite photos from the website of Tom Krundig's architectural practice OlsonKundig to highlight some of the amazing work that he has achieved.

There's nothing like a good indoor / outdoor flow.

The Montecito Residence.

Hammer House.

The Delta Shelter.

Scavenger Studio, an artists retreat.

Sol Duc Cabin.

'The Brain' houses some nice Eames furniture.

A house in a rock called 'The Pierre'.


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