duly noted: jim olson.
November 14, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER
Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a Jim Olson-designed house, but we’d certainly take second best—ogling a selection of his works during “Jim Olson: Architecture for Art,” a retrospective of his career being exhibited at the Museum of Art at Washington State University through December 10th. His so-far 45 years in architecture, which include founding Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects, run the gamut from residential designs to public work, including The Lightcatcher building at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham and the Pike & Virginia Building in Seattle. This exhibit sheds light on these projects and more, and all of the influences that make Olson’s work drool-worthy. So if you’re in Seattle this month and are a fan just like us, stop in and check out his models, original sketches and drawings, large-scale photo presentations and custom-designed art installations. Just remember you’ll unfortunately have to go back to your own house afterward.
House of Light, designed by Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig Architects. Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider
Lake Washington Residence, designed by Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig Architects. Photographer: Eduardo Calderon
The Lightcatcher at the Whatcom Museum, designed by Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig Architects. Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider