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Three Olson Kundig Projects Honored by WAN & WIN Award Programs


On November 15 and 16, two international award programs – supported by World Architecture News (WAN) and World Interiors News (WIN) – honored three Olson Kundig projects with design awards. The WAN Awards honored The Burke Museum (led by design principal Tom Kundig) with a Gold Medal in the Civic Venues – Libraries & Museums category, while the WIN Awards honored Bilgola Beach House (led by design principal Tom Kundig and principal Kevin M. Kudo-King) with a Gold Medal in the One-Off Homes – Large & Small category and Bay Area Discovery Museum (led by design principal Alan Maskin) with a Bronze Medal in the Cultural Venues category. Both the WAN Awards and WIN Awards recognize outstanding innovative, visionary and imaginative work from designers around the world.

The Burke Museum is the oldest public museum in Washington State with a collection of over 16 million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils. The design of the new building breaks down traditional museum barriers between public and “back-of-house” spaces, integrating collections and research labs with traditional galleries. The result is an experience that invites everyone – from curators to visitors, educators to students – to engage in the process of scientific and cultural discovery.

Bilgola Beach House, located on the northern coast of Sydney, Australia, is designed to withstand Australia’s dramatic climate conditions, where harsh sunlight, high winds and flooding are common. At the same time, the design allows the family to connect with the natural environment, with shaded retractable window walls that merge inside with outside and provide passive ventilation. An interior courtyard brings filtered daylight into the core of the home, where a central water feature helps to cool the air.

Located in Sausalito, California, beside the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Area Discovery Museum renovation maintains the architectural integrity of the historic site while transforming the visitor experience with exhibits incorporating STEM concepts like digital fabrication and systems thinking to build creative problem-solving skills in children and transform the way they learn. A campus-wide master plan outlines a phased approach to future expansion to strategically position the museum for longevity and long-term resilience.

We are honored to have our work recognized by this program, and deeply thankful to the incredible client teams, collaborators and project partners we had the opportunity to work with on each project.

The Burke Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Principal and Project Manager: Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Architects: Edward Lalonde and Justin Helmbrecht, LEED® AP
Architectural Staff: Gavin Argo, Julia Khorsand and Olivier Landa, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
Gizmo Design: Phil Turner
General Contractor: Skanska
Laboratories: BergerABAM
Landscape Architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Elevators: Lerch Bates
Civil and Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Lighting Design: Niteo Lighting
Building Envelope: RDH
Electrical Engineer: Stantec
Mechanical Engineer: WSP
Gizmo Fabrication: Turner Exhibits
Specifications: Cite Specific
Museum Programmer: Walter Crimm Associates
Accessibility Consultant: Karen Braitmayer
Exhibit Design: Evidence Design

Bilgola Beach House, Sydney, Australia

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Principal: Kevin Kudo-King, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Manager and Project Architect: Simon Clews
Architectural Staff: Motomi Kudo-King, Lindsay Kunz and Martina Bendel
Interior Design: Debbie Kennedy, LEED® AP ID+C
Interior Design Staff: Megan Adams, Casey Hill, Maresa Patterson
General Contractor: Bellevarde Constructions
Gizmo Fabrication: Advanced Design Innovations
Client Representative: Auric Projects
Planner: BBF Planners
Landscape Architect: CAB Consulting
Coastal Engineer: Horton Coastal Engineering
Geotech Consultant: JK Geotechnics
Gizmo Design: KB Architectural Services with Phil Turner
Lighting Design: Niteo Lighting
Civil and Structural Engineer: Partridge Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: RJ Air
Gizmo Fabrication: TILT Industrial Design

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, California, USA

Design Principal: Alan Maskin
Project Manager: Marlene Chen, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Architect: Megan Zimmerman
Architectural Staff: Crystal Coleman, LEED® AP, and Jerome Tryon
Exhibit Designers: Ryan Botts, Tessa Crespo and Jared Luther
Interior Design: Sarah Muchow, IIDA, NCIDQ
Interior Design Staff: Mike Lee
General Contractor: Cello Maudru
Owner’s Representative: Whiteside Management
Structural Engineer (Phase 1 Architecture): Rutherford & Chekene
Structural Engineer (Phase 2 Architecture & Exhibits): Tipping Engineering
MEP Engineer: Integral Design
Civil Engineer: AECOM
Landscape Architect: Surfacedesign
Exhibit Fabricator (Interior Exhibits): Pacific Studio
Exhibit Fabricator (Exterior Exhibits): Gizmo
Lighting Design: Niteo
Specifications: Topflight
Graphic Designer: Volume
Boat Restoration: Spaulding Wooden Boat Center