"Olson Kundig: Anthology," the first comprehensive exhibition focusing on the firm's creative process, showcases the artistic, historic, and cultural influences and design explorations that have shaped Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects' practice over the past five decades.
Founded by Jim Olson in 1966, Olson Kundig Architects has grown from a Pacific Northwest-focused architecture firm into an international design practice based on the belief that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people's lives. The Kaneko retrospective, which provides a sampling of the design efforts of the firm's partners-Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten Murray and Alan Maskin-highlighting over 50 years of creative production. The exhibit offers insights into the thinking behind the practice through visual displays that portray the values, methodologies and cultural attributes that have come to characterize the firm's work.
The exhibition also focuses on Olson Kundig's long-running traditions-its internship program, all-office project critiques and history of artist collaborations-as well as recent firm-wide design experiments like [storefront] Olson Kundig Architects, a series of month-long exhibitions and community partnerships. Large-scale photo displays and hand-crafted models provide visitors with a visual survey of Olson Kundig's signature projects while video interviews and a collection of ephemera contributed by each of the 120-person staff offers a glimpse of the values and persona of the practice today.
The firm's collaborative spirit is further illustrated in "What Would You Do?," an interactive display that represents the firm's weekly all-office project critique. For this installation, visitors will be asked to share their thoughts about a series of design projects on display, becoming part of Olson Kundig's design dialogue.
about the firm
The firm's work includes museums, commercial design, academic buildings, exhibit design, interior design, places of worship and residences, across five continents.