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Tom Kuniholm Architects, AIA

Tom Kuniholm Architects, AIA
Seattle-Based, Collaborative Architecture Firm

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Place Making The theme of our work here in the Pacific Northwest is based largely on the dialogue between a building and its setting. We are fortunate to have been involved with building sites in dramatic natural settings. The way in which one utilizes and controls the elusive natural light, water and mountain views, topography and other rich qualities that make this region special, is often the key to unlocking the spirit of a place and creating a great design. Experiencing the change in seasons and the dramatic weather of this region from a sheltering place or open place according to its exposure is a vital source of pleasure in architecture. Ours is a region where the temperature of a deck or terrace on a site can vary ten degrees or more depending upon its placement. Each site as possessing potential opportunities to be unlocked through careful planning. It is of critical importance today that architecture reflects the traditions and climate of its locale with clarity and wit. We create highly personalized houses that take cues from the dreams and unique qualities of their owners. We listen very well. Often, the most inspirational components of a residential design come directly from an idea put forward in a collaboration with clients. We are drawn to the challenge of creating great small buildings, even with very tight budgets, as well as on large-scale projects. We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with some of the finest craftsmen in the area. On several of our new projects, we are incorporating a whole new generation of building products and techniques that use recycled and sustainable systems. This mandate is exciting to us. It can take on many dimensions in design and construction. Everything is involved, from placing the building on the site, selection of materials and systems, how they are installed, and how the building performs over time. In addition, the logic of choosing appropriate structural systems and materials can be critical. The best buildings respond both poetically and practically to the spirit of their regional place, both natural and manmade. That is where the magic lies. The buildings we call classic are those that stand the test of time, physically and aesthetically. These must be detailed and constructed competently with quality materials, and also be designed to express the qualities that make them a special place, to create lasting value.
Services Provided

Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Sustainable Design, Construction Drawings, 3D Home Design, Remodeling

Areas Served

Bainbridge Island, Ballard, Beaux Arts Village, Bellevue, Hunts Point, Indianola, Medina, Mercer Island, Redmond, Seattle, Yarrow Point

Awards

Registered Architect, State of WashingtonAmerican Institute of Architects