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Space Shot: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects

  • <p>The Seattle office of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects is never the same place twice.</p>
  • <p>OSKA staffers were so enthralled with the shadows sweeping across this central white panel that an in-house photographer created a flip book of the transitions throughout the day.</p>
  • <p>As soon as this summer, the roof will become a garden, irrigated by wastewater from the skylight's hydraulic system.</p>
  • <p>The interlocking dials on this hydraulic system are actually a built-in safety: The brushed aluminum disc that allows water to enter the cylinder above must be closed before the other will open.</p>
  • <p>Architect Tom Kundig works with local fabricator Phil Turner on many of his kinetic architecture projects. This system, with custom brass piping and cylinders, was inspired by a boat lift. At one of OSKA's legendary parties, flamethrowers on the roof lit the space below.</p>
  • <p>Cubicles are constructed from an industrial-grade plywood, with bolts left exposed. The Chinese-red bank of repurposed shelving is stacked high to conceal a print and production room and a kitchen. Architectural models cover every surface of the office. </p>
  • <p>Surprisingly, the entry floor and most of the conference-room walls are Masonite (the glossy, weathered finish "is like leather," Kundig gushes). Sheets of 4-foot-by-8-foot Masonite were also cut into 4-inch strips and laminated 92-layers thick to make the countertop at left.</p>
  • 01 /07

    The Seattle office of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects is never the same place twice.

  • 02 /07

    OSKA staffers were so enthralled with the shadows sweeping across this central white panel that an in-house photographer created a flip book of the transitions throughout the day.

  • 03 /07

    As soon as this summer, the roof will become a garden, irrigated by wastewater from the skylight's hydraulic system.

  • 04 /07

    The interlocking dials on this hydraulic system are actually a built-in safety: The brushed aluminum disc that allows water to enter the cylinder above must be closed before the other will open.

  • 05 /07

    Architect Tom Kundig works with local fabricator Phil Turner on many of his kinetic architecture projects. This system, with custom brass piping and cylinders, was inspired by a boat lift. At one of OSKA's legendary parties, flamethrowers on the roof lit the space below.

  • 06 /07

    Cubicles are constructed from an industrial-grade plywood, with bolts left exposed. The Chinese-red bank of repurposed shelving is stacked high to conceal a print and production room and a kitchen. Architectural models cover every surface of the office.

  • 07 /07

    Surprisingly, the entry floor and most of the conference-room walls are Masonite (the glossy, weathered finish "is like leather," Kundig gushes). Sheets of 4-foot-by-8-foot Masonite were also cut into 4-inch strips and laminated 92-layers thick to make the countertop at left.

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