YOU MAY NOW ENTER THE BRAIN

Pinky and the Brain. Krang. Bill Nye the Science Guy. You may remember some of these 90s brain references that came to mind, but wait, we’re not going back in the days. We’re entering The Brain that you’ll find in the Pacific Northwest, in a lush, green forest in Seattle.

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The Brain came to life from the creative mind of Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig. The awarded winning designer developed the 14,280 cubic-foot cinematic laboratory for a film maker client. The perfect space to brainstorm and create the best artistic ideas, and relax in a zen, harmonious atmosphere. The cast-in-pace concrete box is an architectural beauty. “Strong yet neutral,” the Brain is enveloped in a neutral background that accentuates the green environment that surrounds the home.

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Finely crafted from raw, hot-rolled steel sheets, the interior does not fail. High ceilings and wide glass windows allow the open air feel and natural sunlight. A steel mezzanine provides a second level to escape, while still being able to look down at the large, lower living space.

A WELL-POLISHED firehouse pole, found years ago in a salvage barn, is now one of the informal circulation routes in The Brain. Architect Tom Kundig incorporated it into the mezzanine for visual fun and quick descents. SPECIAL TO Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: FOR ONE-TIME USAGE ONLY. PERMISSION IS FOR EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE USED FOR ANY ADVERTISING OR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES, OR FOR WEB USAGE. DIGITAL MANIPULATION, OUTSIDE OF NORMAL CROPPING AND COLOR CORRECTION, IS PROHIBITED. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: Benjamin Benschneider/THE SEATTLE TIMES.

A fireman’s pole is a nice touch to the loft-like space, adding more personality. Complete with library wall and a dark room, the Brain has it’s own multiple personalities.

POSTERS, HEAD SCULPTURES and miscellaneous artifacts crowd the walls and surfaces of David Wild’s mezzanine office. SPECIAL TO Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: FOR ONE-TIME USAGE ONLY. PERMISSION IS FOR EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE USED FOR ANY ADVERTISING OR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES, OR FOR WEB USAGE. DIGITAL MANIPULATION, OUTSIDE OF NORMAL CROPPING AND COLOR CORRECTION, IS PROHIBITED. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: Benjamin Benschneider/THE SEATTLE TIMES.

As complex and detailed as the human brain itself, The Brain, is one living space that we want to enter.

Story By: Amanda Del Mar
Images By: Olson Kundig, Marco Prozzo, Mark Darley, Benjamin Benschneider

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