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Olson Kundig Wins Two AIA Seattle Awards


On November 5, Olson Kundig’s Sawmill and The Century Project for the Space Needle won awards from the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Sawmill was awarded a 2018 Award of Honor, and The Century Project was awarded a 2018 Honorable Mention Award. The AIA Seattle Honor Awards recognize design excellence in the Washington region, acknowledging the diverse perspectives, scales and typologies that encompass the practice of architecture in Washington State.

Sawmill is a net-zero family retreat located in California’s Mojave Desert. Harnessing the challenges and opportunities of its remote site, Sawmill incorporates such sustainable strategies as a 10.4 kW PV array and a manually operated 12-by-26-foot window wall for natural ventilation. Salvaged and recycled materials were used whenever possible.

The Century Project is a historic redesign of Seattle’s Space Needle which preserves the landmark and brings it into the future. Removing security cages, walls and floors and replacing them with nearly 200% more glass creates a new sense of transparency, hearkening back to the Space Needle’s original guiding principal: providing unparalleled views. The design also includes the world’s first rotating glass floor.

Design Principals Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA and Alan Maskin are delighted to share the honor of this award with the projects’ valued partners and clients.

Sawmill, Tehachapi, California, USA

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Project Manager: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin, AIA, LEED® AP
Gizmo Design: Phil Turner
Client: Bruce Shafer and Carol Horst
General Contractor: Bruce Shafer
Structural Engineer: Monte Clark Engineering
Energy Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Corrugated Metal Roofing: Steelogic
Master Welder: James Riddle

The Century Project for the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, USA

Design Principal: Alan Maskin
Project Architect: Blair Payson, LEED® AP
Architecture and Interiors Team: Marlene Chen, AIA, LEED® AP, Crystal Coleman, LEED® AP, Alex Fritz, Julia Khorsand, Hayden Robinson, Naomi Mason, Laina Navarro
General Contractor: Hoffman Construction
Development Manager: Seneca Group
Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer: Arup
Glazing Consultant: Front
Lighting Design: Niteo
Turntable Engineer: Fives Lund
Seismic Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Glass Installation: Herzog Glass and Breedt Production Tooling & Design