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Olson Kundig

Olson Kundig is a Seattle architecture firm founded by principal Jim Olson in 1967. The firm specializes in stylish residences and cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest and has recently won renown for “kinetic architecture” that adapts to inhabitants’ needs and the environment. The Sol Duc Cabin in Olympic Peninsula, Washington, has large panels that slide shut to protect the house from harsh elements when the cabin is not in use. Similarly, the Sawmill, a net-zero home in the Mojave Desert, has a kinetic window wall that opens with the turn of a wheel to passively cool the house. Olson Kundig’s own office has a hydro-powered retractable skylight that ushers fresh air and light indoors. The firm believes that kinetic architecture can play a crucial role in developing self-sufficient, low-energy building systems. Olson Kundig has just under 200 employees, including five owners. One of them, Tom Kundig, won a National Design Award in 2008.

Seattle, Washington 

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