Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects honored with three AIA Seattle Awards
Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen was awarded three awards at the AIA Seattle Honor Awards. The Rolling Huts and Outpost were both given Awards of Merit, while Montecito Residence was awarded an Award of Commendation. Tom Kundig was the lead architect for all three projects.
Outpost – Award of Merit
Set in the remote, high desert landscape of Idaho, Outpost is a studio/workshop and sculpture garden for making and displaying art. One important aspect of the complex is the protected “paradise garden,” which is separated from the wild landscape by concrete block walls. The materials used in the structure, including concrete, car-decking, and plywood, require little or no maintenance, and are capable of withstanding the extreme weather that characterize the desert’s four seasons.
The Rolling Huts – Award of Merit
Responding to the owner’s need for a space to house visiting friends and family, the Rolling Huts aim to be several steps above camping, while remaining simple in their design. Set in a meadow and facing the mountains, each single-room hut is placed so that an inhabitant’s gaze is drawn out of the room and towards nature. Informed by the local planning department that cabins would not be approved for the site, the architect hit upon the idea of placing the structures on wheels – effectively making them RVs.
Montecito Residence – Award of Commendation
Montecito Residence is a single-family home set in the fire-prone Toro Canyon. The owners wanted a house that minimized its use of scarce natural resources and recognized the challenging environmental conditions of the area. The design solution is a house that functions as an umbrella to shield the house from the sun and allows naturally cool offshore breezes to move through the space. The roof harvests rainfall – directing it to a cistern which can be used for irrigation or in case of fire. The house is made of simple, fire resistant materials. Steel will be allowed to oxidize and concrete will be toned to allow the house to blend into the landscape.
Main image: The Outpost
Thumbnails from left to right: The Outpost, The Rolling Huts and the Montecito Residence.