San Juan Islands, WA United States

Olson kundig architects


Project Description

2012 RADA

Architectural Detail / Merit

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.”


Project Details

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Project Team:
    Om Kundig, Principal in Charge
  • General Contractor: Krekow Jennings 
  • Structural Engineer: MCE Structural Consultants 
  • Mechanical Engineer: CPI Plumbing and Heating 
  • Interior Designer: Viekman 
  • Photography: Jason Schmidt 
  • Photography: Benjamin Benschneider 
  • Photography: Tim Bies 


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