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Tom Kundig: Houses [Hardcover]

by Dung Ngo, Steven Holl, Rick Joy, Billie Tsien
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

November 9, 2006 156898605X 978-1568986050 1
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 Cor-ten steel and concrete with an intuitive understanding of scale. As Kundig states, "The idea is insaperable 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.

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Für den Leser, für den Architektur noch Handwerk bedeutet und der die Schwäche oft für unbehandelte, traditionelle Materialien teilt, ist diese Monographie ein absolutes Muss. Bauwelt

About the Author

Dung Ngo is the author of numerous design books including Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture, World House Now, and Art + Architrecture: The Ebsworth Collection and Residence.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156898605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568986050
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of content February 10, 2007
I own many books dedicated to a single architects work. Often times these type of books display two or three rooms of a house and never get into the nitty gritty of a project. "Tom Kundig: Houses" is different. This book leaves little to the imagination, offering sometimes up to 15-20 pages to a single project. The pictures are very clear and tell a lot about the concept of a house as a whole. The only knock I'd say is that every project is so similar to the next that it becomes hard to differentiate. But if you admire his style, that shouldn't be much of a problem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing craftsmanship and details illustrated November 29, 2008
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I first came across Tom Kundig's works in the monograph for Olson Sundberg Kindig Allen's monograph (Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: Architecture, Art, and Craft) and was amazed then at the refined "human" touch of materials and finishes chosen for the projects.
This book focuses further on this aesthetic appeal by showcasing Tom Kundig's houses only. It shows some of the numerous sketches and drawings that Tom Kundig drew in order to convey his ideas to the client/contractor. The level of details depicted in the photography is also breathtaking as it reveals the intricate details of bespoke door handles, hinges, rollers that the architect custom designed. I only wish I knew how long and how much each of his projects must've costed his clients because this level of detail in any residence is very. very rare.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in modern houses that uses rustic materials in a refined composition~

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Houses February 3, 2010
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Well made and laid out book. Shows floor plans and plenty of descriptions. IMHO, Tom Kundig is the Frank L. Wright of the 21st Century with his unique designs and innovations. Architecture that is thinking "outside the box". Have had many of my friends browse through this book at my house, and their expression and comments are always "WOW!". I really like the Delta Shelter in the book. Many inspirations for my future Dream Cabin.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great example of thorough documentation on a house August 31, 2008
By Mark
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It has it all...big picture (site info, plans/sections/elevations and design sketches) to little picture (construction details and process).
Too bad the recently published Ebsworth monograph isn't as comprehensive as this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most creative architect ever January 29, 2014
By frank
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Tom Kundig is an amazing artist / architect. Every home has a mechanical surprise. All the features are perfect for the setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CREASE December 24, 2013
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The cover had a crease in it from being folded by the POST OFFICE. MAYBE A THICKER WRAP WOULD HAVE PROTECTED THE BOOK.
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By Mark
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We bought this with Tom's sequel "Houses 2" and its one of my favourites of all time now. Primarily pictorial, with excellent quality photography and inclusion of designer's diagrams. Theres always something new to notice on each page and the surrounding landscapes on most pictures are worth admiring in their own right!
This and Houses 2 will be one of the few books we bring with us when we relocate internationally in the near future. Highly recommended to anyone interested in architecture, design, photography, landscapes or just an interesting book to leave out for guests.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice projects with awesome images and sketches October 11, 2013
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5 house projects are included. It's really helpful to understand Tom Kundig's idea when looking at the hand sketche, the diagrams and the sections. However, there's not any detail drawings which I expected. Since the cover image is wonderful but only printed on the book cover, it needs careful protection in order to maintain that image. I wish the image can be one entire page in the book. But over all, it's still an inspiring book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a modern dream house?
My search is over. Tom Kundig's projects are top notch, a joy for your eyes. A combination of beauty, simplicity and functionality in just the right proportions, masterfully... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wojciech Zorniak
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done book
Contains a lot of creative ideas and photos to stimulate thinking about home decoration and design. I got it to help guide me as to the sort of house that I am seeking.
Published 13 months ago by James R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book - Exceptional Architecture
My daughter requested this book on her Xmas gift list. She is currently studying to be an architect and greatly admires Tom Kundig's work for its style, simplicity, setting and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nancy Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Its an architects dream
Im an architect, i have dreamt of the rich client that lets me do different stuff with little regard for money. Well, For tom Kunding, that dream came true. The book is awsome. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Juan
5.0 out of 5 stars let's dream
I bought the tom kundig houses 2 and loved it. So I decided to complete it with the first part. I was a bit disapointed to discover that the 2 books are not the same size (nor the... Read more
Published on December 7, 2011 by philippe
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 10 book
This book has some amazing abstract style houses, every house has some style of mechanical system whether it be lights lowering from
the ceiling to window shutters, There is... Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by G. R. Baxter
2.0 out of 5 stars book was great, but was not "NEW"
The book content and subject were great, but the book was not delivered "NEW". It had scratches and a couple of deeper gashes across the cover as well as bent corners and edges. Read more
Published on December 27, 2010 by Kevin Kamien
5.0 out of 5 stars Il design americano
Gli esmpi riportati su questo ottimo libro, ampliano la visione di ciò che l'architettura post-industriale può significare nei grandi spazi americani.
Published on February 7, 2009 by Fabrizio Camera
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