Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects has created a remarkable body of work in the world of sustainable architecture. Founded in the late 1960's, the architecture firm has focused on exploring the relationship between dwellings and the landscape in each and every one of their designs. Their structures form natural extensions to the preexisting site, and each design gesture is grounded in two simple ideas: that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives. We are pleased to announce that Tom Kundig will be the sole North American representative in Toto Gallery MA’s “Global Ends – Towards the Beginning,” a thought-provoking exhibit featuring seven architects who have refused to subscribe to the currents of uniform globalism, and instead have developed design practices that are rooted in local regions, cultures, and environments. Jump ahead for a look into some of Tom Kundig’s featured projects, which are every bit as stunning as they are sustainable.
“Global Ends – Towards the Beginning” will feature site-inspired works located in Tokyo, Melbourne, the Madeira Islands (Portugal), Santiago, Seattle, Singapore and Olot (Spain). This exhibit aims to illustrate the dormant potentials at the “global ends,” from which various new values can emerge. The concept behind Global Ends is to shine a light on architectural practices that are uniquely rooted in local regions, cultures and environments. The exhibit hopes to inspire architects, designers, and individuals to break away from the uniformity brought upon the environment by the Modernist movement and to instead pursue diverse paradigms while questioning their meanings. Global Ends wants to awaken at least one new architectural value that’s both sustainable and able to take hold in the 21st century world of design.
The Toto Gallery MA is a 25 year-old institution located in Tokyo, Japan, led by world-renowned architects Tao Ando, Waro Kishi, Hiroshi Naito, Kenya Hara and Tokujin Yoshioka. This exhibit will open November 19, 2010 and will run until February 26, 2011. Tom Kundig will also be participating in a panel discussion at the gallery on Friday, November 19, moderated by the exhibition’s curator and architectural historian Ken Tadashi Oshima.