Tom Kundig of Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig is introducing industrial machine elements into his clients' homes to create a type of kinetic architecture.
It first started with a client asking to take off the front of the home to expose it the lakefront Idaho cabin to the outdoors. With that, Kundig developed a 6-ton steel frame interspersed with glass that is powered by a hand crank to open up the home.
WIRED's Liz Stinson writes, "In the past 10 years, Kundig has pioneered a new kind of smart house—one that relies on some of the oldest technology known to man."
Each of these mechanisms integrates discreetly into its respective building, transforming an otherwise static structure into a dynamic one. And to Kundig, each one rises above the plane of architectural gimmickry, by providing practical solutions to real problems. At least, most of the time. “I have a device that can move my TV with weights down to the lower floor from the upper loft,” he says. “I tried to convince my wife it was a cost saving device. It wasn’t.”