T Bailey Office by Tom Kundig



Tom Kundig of Seattle studio Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects has designed an extension to a steel pipe factory that uses giant pipes as architectural elements.


The building, for T Bailey Inc, will use sections of the giant pipes made at the facility that are usually used to make wind turbine towers.


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Tom Kundig of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects has designed an 11,700 square foot office addition to the existing heavy industrial manufacturing plant of T. Bailey Inc. in Washington State.


The building explores the idea of using the client’s product— pipes used in wind turbine towers — in the construction of its headquarters. Visitors enter the building and climb to the main office space via a horizontal 14’ and vertical 22’ diameter pipes.


Located within the vertical pipe, a skylight and large fan ventilate the main office floor. The skylight and fan are powered by solar energy. Warm air is sucked from the office space through the stairway pipe and evacuated out of the building, significantly reducing the cooling load.


Materials are unfinished – concrete floors, unfinished steel, and an exposed structure – giving the space a raw aesthetic while reducing the coatings and toxic materials added to the building. The roof’s slope directs runoff into a rain garden and adjoining landscape.


Posted on Wednesday December 16th 2009 at 12:25 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • jeanpierre

    looks like it all comes from a toilet paper roll model, but the end result is cool

  • Lu


  • edub

    nice – if only it was actually built as a giant SECTION.. with bright yellow cutlines, and all.

  • Steven

    That’s rather interesting…. I do like how they’re pretty much making use of their materials on site

  • Jürgen

    I love the works of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects :)) great

  • Justas

    first image showing realistic cross-section looks quite amazing! But from rest I can guess it will look like usual wear house (doug with interesting interior). Would be nice to see more full exterior images

  • tanya telford – T

    this sounds really good – i would never have imagined a manufacturer of pipes to believe in spending a bit of time and money on creating cool on site aesthetics, using there own products. Sounds and looks like the site is geared towards environmentally friendly things. I wish there were more images too. I like the sound of reducing toxic materials as much as possible.

  • yepp section build would’ve rocked with sweet balconies and glass and the solar turbine thing sounds a bit weird since washington is not really a sunshine state.. but it is still a pretty sweet eco building

  • Totally agree! Please cut it in the middle and get rid of one half of it.

  • Jan

    Terrible misunderstation! It goes all under and over in the section!

  • Likes it.

    I generally I really like their work and this project looks interesting too, but why is there not a rendering of the exterior. The first three renderings are really nice, but they are all the same, just cropped differently. I think the idea of using the steel pipes is a pretty obvious one, but could be interesting if pushed farther. Right now they don’t seem to deliver a different type of space, just a different type of structure or decoration.

  • mark burnh

    that is a hell of an eye catching rendering. bet they coulda sold that design to a lace factory with that image.

  • Cecekal

    Am I the only one whose afraid by the first image.
    It looks like the apocalypse.
    Don’t like it at all…

  • tanya telford – T

    for me the aesthetic of the structure they are proposing is relevant to their business of making pipes, it looks quite raw and a tiny bit brutal? (not sure if that’s the right word) but it seems to have a little humour and honesty to it too – they make pipes so they are proposing to use some of there pipes to make an unusual entrance which is also representative of their company, i am a bit bias though – right now, anyone who is trying to reduce toxic waste would quite possibly get my vote,