Olson Kundig

Analog House / Olson Kundig + Faulkner Architects

Designed in collaboration with the client – an architect based in Truckee – Analog House celebrates a rugged, high desert site populated by ponderosa pine, manzanita, and exposed basalt.

Woodway Residence by Olson Kundig

Home to an active family of five, Woodway Residence inhabits a series of planes that float above a restored meadow.

Bilgola Beach House by Olson Kundig

Responding to the beachfront environment of its headland site, the Bilgola Beach House is designed to withstand Australia’s dramatic climate conditions, where harsh sunlight, high winds and flooding are common.

Rio House Retreat, Rio de Janeiro by Olson Kundig

The 1,500-square-foot house rises into the rainforest canopy – a secluded hideaway for the owner couple to retreat from the distractions of city life.

Dragonfly Vacation House, Montana by Olson Kundig

The Dragonfly Vacation house emphasizes the crossing point between these two ecological zones – a distinct yet subtle marker of the family’s presence and legacy.

Tofino Beach House by Olson Kundig

Composed primarily of one large room, the Tofino Beach house is light-filled on the south side facing the ocean, and insular and protected on the other side, paneled in dark, rich wood.

Vermont Cabin by Olson Kundig

The Vermont cabin is composed of three levels: the lowest portion nestles into the site and contains a garage that doubles as a game room, as well as a single bedroom and powder room ...

False Bay Writer’s Cabin by Olson Kundig

This 500-square-foot cabin serves as a private writer’s retreat and guest cottage. The owners asked for a space that felt connected to its island setting—the mild climate, scenic views, and proximity to wildlife.

Stirrup House, Idaho / Olson Kundig

This 6,500-square-foot home, which sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in Ketchum, Idaho between Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, was designed around the client’s collection of contemporary art alongside commanding mountain views.

False Bay Residence / Olson Kundig and Geremia Design

The False Bay Residence is situated to maximize sweeping views of Haro Strait and the Olympic Mountains. A 15-foot-tall opaque entry door pivots open to reveal a view of the Sound through a double-height glazed living and dining space.

Live-Work Studio and Sculpture Garden for an Artist: Outpost

Set in the remote, harsh high desert of Idaho, Outpost is an artist’s live-work studio and sculpture garden. The building’s compactness restricts site impact and reinforces the desire to be outside.

Stunning Seattle Urban Retreat Inspired by Native American Cultures

Located in one of Seattle’s most established residential areas, City Cabin’s design answers the client’s desire for a private urban retreat that would connect her to nature. Siting the 2,400-square-foot house on the northwest corner of the lot maximizes garden areas on the south and east sides.

Trout Lake Retreat by Olson Kundig

The Trout Lake retreat contains four distinct buildings arranged in two groupings. The first grouping contains the main house, a woodworking shop, and a carport all contained under a single roof in a T-shape. A covered courtyard connects the three spaces in the middle of the “T”.

Refuge House Nestled into the Rock / The Pierre by Olson Kundig

The owner’s affection for a stone outcropping on her property inspired the design of this refuge house. Conceived as a retreat nestled into the rock, the Pierre (the French word for stone) celebrates the materiality of the site.

Rimrock House by Olson Kundig

The T-shaped form of Rimrock responds to the unique typography of the bluff upon which it is situated. Sited at the edge of a cliff, the house straddles two sides of wash atop a stable outcropping of tough, slow-cooled volcanic basalt.

Whistler Ski Retreat by Olson Kundig Architects

Set in the Coast Mountains of western Canada, Whistler Ski Retreat is a family retreat built to withstand the harsh mountain environment. Elevated ten feet above grade, the main level provides a sense of occupying the tree canopy while also floating above snowdrifts and flood prone lake shore.

A 1959 Forest Cabin Was Turned into a Weekend Retreat in Rural Washington

Jim Olson’s reverence for nature and admiration of the site’s beauty is expressed in the design of this project located on Puget Sound and nestled amidst the towering fir trees of an ancient forest.

Berkshire Retreat Offers Stupendous Views of Massachusetts

The main level of the Berkshire Retreat was raised about ten feet above the ground, partly to maximize the views, but also to get up above the humidity and insects in the summertime, and the snow in the winter.

High-Rise Apartment with Floor-to-Ceiling Windows Overlooking Downtown Seattle

Replacing a stark, all-white interior with a warm, wood-based palate proved to be a wise choice for the owners of this high-rise apartment. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle, the unit’s new oak finishes offer a welcome contrast to the often gray and rainy panorama.

Sawmill Retreat / Olson Kundig Architects

Architects: Olson Kundig Architects Project: Sawmill Retreat Location: Tehachapi, California, USA Photography: Kevin Scott Sawmill Retreat by Olson Kundig Architects is a winner in the 2017 AIA Housing...

East Coast Compound – LEED Platinum Residence

LEED Platinum residence comprised of a new Main House, new Bunk House, new Guest House and remodeled Boat House, with Olson Kundig Architects, Michael...