Delta Shelter, Washington State
Inhabitat: Can you tell us about the house you grew up in?
Tom Kundig: It was a 1918 classic two-story bungalow with a porch facing the street. However, it was its location near a large city port that had more affect on my childhood than the house itself. Spending my formative years in and around the lake cabins of the areas probably had the most impact on my career.
Inhabitat: Who inspires you?
Tom Kundig: So many architects, both living and dead, inspire me. It’s difficult to list. But certainly individuals within the architectural, art and music realm are the most inspirational. And when I speak of artists, what I’m focusing in on are those willing to truly put their souls on the line for their art. They are working ‘out there’, many times without a net, vulnerable to the second guessing of polite society, bureaucrats, academics, and mainstream media – it’s a lonely place to be.
Inhabitat: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work? What do you want to be remembered for?
Tom Kundig: I hope that my work is meaningful and it that it resonates in people’s lives - architecture at its core.