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Jim Olson: Building, Nature, Art

Jim Olson: Building, Nature, Art

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• A rich monograph in both content and execution, celebrating the architectural achievements of one of North America’s great living architects.
• Showcases the complete range of Olson’s most recent projects, including houses, commercial buildings and exhibition and product designs, many of which are conceived as parts of a whole.
• Offers valuable insights into Olson’s major influences, with texts written specially by the architect and thematic inserts on art, nature, light, space and global architecture.
• Includes a wide selection of Olson’s original sketches and watercolour plans, as well as an illustrated chronology of all his works to date.

Over the course of a career spanning more than fifty years, Seattle-based architect Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig, has made his name designing a broad range of buildings that sensitively respond to their environment. Initially drawing from his close connection to the nature and culture of the Pacific Northwest, he has attracted an international reputation for designing houses for art collectors around the world. Considered together, his buildings reveal an exceptional interplay between art, light, nature, craft and architecture, which can be experienced in a range of projects that span the globe, from Mexico to South-East Asia.
This complete overview of many decades of carefully considered buildings begins with an extended essay by Aaron Betsky, who considers the intimate relationship between Olson’s natural surroundings and love of art and his design process over the course of his career. This is followed by a selection of twenty-eight of Olson’s recent projects, interspersed with private sketches and his reflections on architecture and the creative process. The final reference section includes an extensive illustrated chronology of the architect’s entire corpus.


Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a large reading public the world of art and the research of top scholars. To reflect its international outlook the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York, represented in its logo by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New.

Today, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. We publish high-quality books across ‎all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture. Our children’s books list is also expanding. Headquartered in London, we have a sister company in New York and subsidiaries in Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Paris, a further subsidiary company, Interart, distributes English-language books in France.

008 A Pergola in the Woods by Aaron Betsky

Recent Proejcts
042 Capital House
050 Lightcatcher at the Whatcom Museum
058 Mexico Beach House
066 Northwoods House
076 Pavilion House
084 Seoul Shops
088 Gethsemane Chapel
097 Working with Light
101 Country Garden House
108 Cliff Dwelling
117 Nsture
121 Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center
130 Longbranch Cabin
148 Blakely Island Art Studio
153 Abstraction
157 Haven of Reflection
164 Hong Kong Toy Museum
168 Fox Island Residence

174 City Cabin
182 Foss Waterway Seaport
186 JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort and Spa
205 Influences
209 Northwest Art House
214 Bay Area Hill House
230 Taiwan Villas
236 Tofio Beach House
248 Hudson Valley Residence
257 Functions of Space
261 California Meadow House
270 Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
276 Custom Furniture
280 Exhibits
285 Complete Chronology of Works

317 Acknowledgments
317 Olson Kundig,1966-
319 Author Biographies
320 Project Credits
324 Picture Credits

頁  數:324
尺  寸:300*255 mm(Portrait)
語  言:English

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