Maxon House is a series sharing a family’s journey to bring art, craft, nature and sustainability into the architecture of their Tom Kundig designed modern dwelling. The series follows the family thru the entire experience from acquiring land to site preservation, architecture selection, design concepts, contractor review, feasability studies, interactions with the county, financial decision-making, site preparation and ultimately construction and move in. The series is also an opportunity to explore current and breaking trends in architecture such as prefabrication and sustainability. The dwelling is designed by award-winning and internationally renown architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the 2009 AIA winner of the Architecture Firm Award. Follow progress daily by liking Maxon House on facebook. Plans and permitting are complete and we are in fundraising mode to finalize financing for construction.
Tom Kundig is one of the most recognized architects in North America. He has received some of our nation’s highest design awards, including a National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; four National AIA Honor Awards; six National AIA Housing Awards; and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which recognizes creative individuals whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. In 2011, he was included in The Wallpaper* 150, Wallpaper* Magazine’s list of the 150 people who have most influenced, inspired and improved the way we live, work and travel over the last 15 years.
Maxon House is located on 21+ acres East of Seattle, Washington with a picturesque view of the valley and surrounding farms and rivers. The site is privately accessed and heavily forested. The family practices small family forestry management working with local officials along with a forest plan to thin and properly care for the site over time. A very minimal footprint, the Maxon House is a leading example of both sustainable design and construction practices utilizing energy efficient systems to reduce burden on the environment.
Maxon House project consists of a main residence along with a detached storage area / carport and studio office space. The site has received Forest Stewardship Council certification for responsibly managed forestry practices.
The Maxon House series features the stories of everyone from family members to architects, project managers to forest management personnel, loggers, contractors, county officials, health inspectors, landscape architects, well drillers, septic designers and more. The series profiles the stories of individuals and companies with specific content about their contribution to the entire project and exclusive content including audio, still photos and interviews.
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