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April 29, 2022

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Olson Kundig Expands to New York City

Olson Kundig New York City Architects Studio

Olson Kundig New York City Architects Studio

Olson Kundig New York City Architects Studio

Olson Kundig New York City Architects Studio

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, April 28, 2022—
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
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 City Architects Studio

Olson Kundig New York City Architects Studio

About Olson Kundig

Now in its sixth decade of practice,
Olson Kundig is a collaborative design practice led by fourteen principal/
owners whose work includes cultural and museum projects,
workplaces, exhibition design, commercial and mixed-use
design (including wineries and sports facilities), private
and multi-family residential, hospitality projects, places
of worship, interior design, product design and landscape
design. With deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, the firm
and its team of over 250 work with clients around the world.
More information at olsonkundig.com

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Project Team:

Alan Maskin and Hemanshu Parwani (HP) Design Oversight
Todd Walbourn, Project Manager
Lindsay Kunz, Project Architect and Director of NYC Office
Kathy Hanway and Jessica Cerullo, Interior Design and Purchasing
Tom Kundig, Table Design

Key Consultants:

Dowbuilt, General Contractor
Spearhead, Timber Fabricator

Photographs: Angela Hau

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