Gallery: INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

The Pierre, San Juan Islands, Washington
 

Inhabitat: What do you feel is the greatest challenge when it comes to designing for environmental sustainability?

Tom Kundig: The greatest challenge is designing to an authenticity that recognizes the true issues of sustainability, not just treating it as a check list of items or simplifying it to accomodate to score keeping. Sustainability takes on a true, holistic understanding of all the implications of a design.

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  1. aidenwright March 14, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I don’t like the sideboard in that dining room that much… I would go with something more with the likes of D. Manuel from Boca do Lobo.

    Nevetheless the rest is awesomwe!

  2. aidenwright March 14, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I don’t like the sideboard that much

  3. CraigSchiller March 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I have a comment and question for the Architect. As a Masters student in Sustainable Design, I have studied high performance and sustainable structures. I noticed the support for the hut’s roof is an I-beam that goes directly through the living space. Why would such thermal bridging be included in a structure used in a heating dominated climate? This seems to be an oversight that would drastically reduce the performance and comfort of these huts.

  4. giovanni guccini March 13, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I really like this architect.

    He is the poetry of detail. Look at the openings of the mechanisms of Chicken Point Cabin.

    I’d like to work for him and with him

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