shadowboxx, san juan islands, wash.
olson kundig architects

Like many of Tom Kundig’s machine-with-a-soul buildings, Shadowboxx features structural elements that move in surprising but functional ways. Responding to the building’s exposed shorefront site, Kundig, FAIA, devised an elegant system of awning shutters for security and weather protection. Clad in corrugated Cor-Ten steel, the three panels lift to nest under a broad, overhanging roof. Electric motors, mounted between the rafters and driving bicycle-type chains, provide the motive force. While praising the design for its practicality, the jury also called it “a rich detail, an experiential detail.”

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project credits

principal in charge: Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Kundig Architects; general contractor: Krekow Jennings, Seattle; structural engineer: MCE Structural Consultants, Stevensville, Mont.; electrical engineer: Bird Electric, Poulsbo, Wash.; mechanical engineer: CPI Plumbing and Heating, Mount Vernon, Wash.; interior designer: Viekman, Seattle; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Jason Schmidt, Benjamin Benschneider, and Tim Bies.