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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890407
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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

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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Beautiful images presented in a fanastic book and format.
Kyle
So, I do recommend this book to both clients and residential architects who appreciate Tom Kundig's works.
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He loves coffee table books and this was one he requested.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elden Lindamood on April 20, 2012
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Although there are a couple of interesting projects in this book, I didn't find nearly as inspiring as the work represented in Kundig's first "Houses" book. There are larger projects in this book which seemed, to me, to lack the intimate interaction with detail that seemed prevalent in the first book's projects. It is a nice book with some beautiful projects, but I think the first volume set my expectations too high.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Schiendelman on October 13, 2011
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Tom Kundig, now working with Jim Olson as a principal at Olson/Kundig, is probably the most striking Pacific Coast Modern architect. While the style already often uses hard lines and industrial materials, Kundig amplifies this with steel paneling, unpainted metal, and exposed, specially designed mechanicals to open walls and doors.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Burnett on November 22, 2011
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Im an converting a commercial warehouse in Sydney's Paddington to an open plan residence and want to give it an Industrial feel.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on December 23, 2012
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So, a disclaimer - I'm reviewing this as an architect, and also reviewing it as a HUGE fan of the first book, "Tom Kundig: Houses". I would give the first volume/book 5 stars.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia Azhderian on October 27, 2013
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This is a beautiful book showing off the unique architecture of Tom Kundig. It's photographed so well... I only wish it included more of his drawings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce H. Creager on October 14, 2011
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Well, the first surprise was my not having known that my friend Juhani Pallasmmaa wrote the introduction - always a very perceptive person with a lot to contribute to the way we think about architecture and the act of designing for site, client and time. I would recommend his books as well to any young architect, or even an older one! Juhani, not having visited Tom Kundig's buildings, is very good at 'reading architecture'.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mtarch on October 6, 2011
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Great volume, well illustrated! Tom Kundig's work demonstrates how confident, contemporary design can marry very powerful site and regional context all the while retaining a fresh uniqueness with no pseudo historical affectations employed by lesser talents. Very Refreshing!

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.
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great architecture, beautifully illustrated, adequately described
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