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Three Olson Kundig Projects Receive AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Design Awards


On October 14, three Olson Kundig projects were honored with 2021 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region design awards. Woodway Residence (led by principal/owner Kevin Kudo-King, AIA, LEED AP) received a Merit Award, while Hale Lana and Costa Rica Treehouse (led by principal/owner Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA) each received Citation Awards. This annual awards program recognizes architectural design excellence in projects from firms located in the Northwest and Pacific Region.

Home to an active family, Woodway Residence inhabits a series of planes that float above a restored meadow. Blurred boundaries throughout the home’s glass pavilions allow activity to flow easily between inside and out, fostering and celebrating connections to the surrounding environment. The home’s quiet architectural character respectfully defers to this natural context and allows Woodway Residence to sit lightly on this special site.

Hale Lana is a family retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island that takes the form of several canopy-like pavilions linked by elevated wooden lanais and a series of gardens. The ultimate design goal was to balance transparency and enclosure to create a home that would function for the couple, their extended family, and for large gatherings, all while maximizing connection to the Hawaiian climate and landscape.

Costa Rica Treehouse is inspired by the jungle of its densely forested site. Built entirely of locally harvested teak wood, the retreat engages with the landscape at each of its three levels. Designed to operate passively, the top and bottom floors are completely open to the elements with an operable wood shutter system.

As a firm deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, we are honored to have our work recognized by this program, and thankful to the valued clients and project partners we had the opportunity to work with on each project.

Woodway Residence, Woodway, Washington, USA

Design Principal: Kevin M. Kudo-King, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Manager: Jesse Kingsley
Architectural Staff: Michael Wright and Daichi Yamaguchi
Landscape Architecture Staff: Kelley Pagano
Interior Design Support: Amanda Chenoweth and Laina Navarro
General Contractor: Stackman Custom Homes
Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Structural Engineer: Madden & Baughman Engineering

Hale Lana, Kona, Hawaii, USA

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Project Manager: Todd Matthes
Project Architect: Katherine Ranieri
Architectural Staff: Gregory Nakata
Interior Design: Debbie Kennedy, LEED® AP ID+C
Interior Design Staff: Amanda Chenoweth, Kathy Hanway, Maresa Patterson and Crisanna Siegert
General Contractor: Dowbuilt, General Contractor
Civil Engineer: Kona Wai Engineering
Structural Engineer: MCE Structural Consultants
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: WSP
Landscape Architect: David Y. Tamura Associates
Lighting Design: Niteo Lighting
Pool Consultant: Kai Pono Builders
Steel & Timber Fabrication Consultant: Spearhead

Costa Rica Treehouse, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Principal: Kevin Kudo-King, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Architect: Martina Bendel
General Contractor: Dante Medri
Associate Architect and Structural Engineer: Daniel Sancho
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Energetica Soluciones y Consultoria
Gizmo Design: KB Architectural Services
Lighting Design: Niteo Lighting
Landscape Architect: Vida Design Studio