Olson Kundig Expands to New York City
As profiled in Architectural Digest, Olson Kundig is pleased to announce the opening of their new office in New York City, underscoring the firm’s ongoing commitment to and investment in urban spaces. Located in Midtown Manhattan, near Bryant Park, the Morgan Library and the Empire State Building, the office creates a new hub from which the firm will nimbly support clients and projects, while fostering cultural exchange and design dialogue between New York and Seattle.
The new office occupies the 10th floor of a mid-rise tower built in 1923, with views of the busy urban streetscape to the north and the rich architectural interest of surrounding buildings to the south. The office is anchored by a signature gathering and event space known as the Living Room, where an oversized, 144-square-foot table, designed by Tom Kundig and fabricated by Spearhead, evokes a table laden with candles or a conceptual cityscape rising from the landscape.
Created from a tapestry of raw timber offcuts, representing both Olson Kundig projects and the work of other architects, the table introduces a physical embodiment of Pacific Northwest design culture within the new office space. An integrated turntable and record collection curated by Seattle’s Sub Pop Records further underscores connections to Olson Kundig’s home in Washington State and the wider culture of the firm. To support a range of different configurations, the table is mounted on wheels and divided into quarters – each measuring six feet by six feet and weighing 800 pounds.
“Opening a New York office space allows us to share a bit of the Pacific Rim and our ‘unstable edge’ mentality with the East Coast, forging new relationships and opportunities for collaboration,” shares Alan Maskin, principal/owner of Olson Kundig and design lead for the new office. “That influence goes both ways, of course – shared cultural events and firm culture creates a river that flows between the two cities, exchanging ideas and energy back and forth.”
Curated artwork will feature heavily in the new office, continuing the firm’s longstanding tradition of making art a part of everyday life and integrating diverse forms of creative expression into its workspace. A raised platform between workstations frames a small display area that extends the vision of The Ledge, a gallery founded within Olson Kundig’s Seattle office in 2011, to New York. Dedicated wall space throughout the office will host paintings and other works, while a wide “runway” between workstations and the kitchen can host sculptures and free-standing pieces.
“While Olson Kundig previously occupied a small workspace in New York, this new office represents a more significant investment in office space and participation with the design culture of the city.” says Hemanshu Parwani (HP), principal/owner and CEO of Olson Kundig, as well as Maskin’s collaborator. “From a business perspective, it will improve client relations and project delivery throughout the East Coast and international markets, while allowing us to recruit top design talent.”
Olson Kundig New York, New York City, New York, USA
Design Oversight: Alan Maskin and Hemanshu Parwani (HP)
Project Manager: Todd Walbourn
Project Architect and Office Director: Lindsay Kunz
Interior Design and Purchasing: Kathy Hanway and Jessica Cerullo
Table Design: Tom Kundig
General Contractor: Dowbuilt
Timber Fabricator: Spearhead