Omaha Art House / Olson Kundig

Omaha Art House / Olson Kundig

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https://www.archdaily.com/905667/omaha-art-house-olson-kundig
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Text description of the architects. The redesign of this Omaha, Nebraska home focused on seamlessly integrating artwork from the couple’s extensive collection. The collection is almost exclusively dedicated to the work of the artist Jun Kaneko and includes several large-format sculptural and two-dimensional works. Kaneko is known for his strong sensitivity to space and the environment. Accordingly, the design of this house paid special attention to the relationship between the works of art and the built environment as well as the newly integrated natural environment that was visually brought into the house.

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Opening up the home to the surrounding landscaping was an important guideline for the remodeling, as was the desire to focus common living spaces on a single level. The new program combines the main living and dining areas of the house under one roof with a canopy that conveys the context of the house in the Midwest. Opening this roof with a single long skylight in the middle of the playing field brought a new feeling of lightness to the gallery-like home.

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Raising the roofline and integrating floor-to-ceiling windows have also pushed this goal forward, with the added benefit of creating a sense of transparency between inside and outside. The main floor is on the other side of the house with a kitchen, study and master suite. There are three additional guest bedrooms upstairs. A redesigned facade and a custom-made bronze and steel front door create a fascinating access to the house and begin a series of contemplative moments that continue throughout the house.

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