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Tom Kundig: Houses 2 Hardcover – September 7, 2011
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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
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
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
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
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
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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.
Kundig's work continues to mature, and Houses 2 showcases his most unique challenges: buildings on wheels, cut into stone (The Pierre, on the cover), and examples of purpose-built architecture - a winery and home+studio are included.
This book shows a wider range than "Houses," and leads the way for a step forward in west coast architecture.
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.
Now, this book has some beautiful photographs, a few, very few plans, very small, incomplete, and no drawn details - it's a coffee table book for prospective clients. However, for those architects who follow Tom Kundig's work, we can do what Juhani has had to do, we have learned to 'read architecture' too. So, I do recommend this book to both clients and residential architects who appreciate Tom Kundig's works. This book is very well presented, the writing is excellent, the photos absolutely spectacular, but complete plans and some sections would have made it even better.
Dan Friedman's closing essay completes the picture of the Pacific Northwest and in particular Tom Kundig's passion and development as a fine architect - inventor, his 'transformative' machines in the spirit of the old master, yet put to modern living use. What a fine statement.
More drawings and footnotes as employed in the wonderful Olsen Sundberg Kundig Allen; architecture, art and craft volume could add clarity and allow the reader to gain more insight in the architect's design process.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A continuation of the first book. Lots of excellent photographs. I wish it had a little more drawings though.Published 3 months ago by David
Completely in the right architectural zone of residential work I hold in high regard!! An excellent book and a highly creative architect!Published 3 months ago by Phil Cotton
better scale of photos than prior volume but less detail at the same time. nice gift for a departing intern.Published 9 months ago by cambridge_legend
Kundig , one of my favorite architects of all time, book is solidPublished 9 months ago by Aubin crowell
beautiful photography of stunning architecture by Kundig. A great selection for any fan of residential architecture and design.Published 11 months ago by rick price