Olson Kundig's Ice Cube Collaboration


Time-lapse video by David Boynton

The hot Seattle Design Festival has a cool addition this year, an Olson Kundig (OK) designed 10-ton ice cube that slowly melts over the course of the festival. Dovetail collaborated with OK, fabricating the pedestal for the massive cube, as well as viewing benches. 

To help bring this temporary art installation to life, Dovetail’s wood shop utilizes our CNC machine to route out measurements and text on the pedestal and benches. Above Janos Mathiesen, Dovetail's architectural woodwork manager, discusses the pedestal panels with with Clay Anderson of Olson Kundig. 

Above, Dovetail project manager, David Delfs (center), and Olson Kundig architects (from left) Greg Nakata, Clay Anderson, and Jarri Hasnain, review the freshly routed bench panel. 

Above, Janos (L) and Clay (R) display the panels for the benches.

Above, Janos (L) and Clay (R) display the panels for the benches.

Duane Robinson and Kevin Wright installing the pedestal in Occidental Park. 

Duane Robinson and Kevin Wright installing the pedestal in Occidental Park. 

The Olson Kundig Ice Cube design team consists of Clay Anderson, Noah Conlay, Jarri Hasnain, and Gregory Nakata. Additional collaborators include Cascade Crystal Ice, Niteo, and Swenson Say Faget. The Dovetail team includes project manager David Delfs, architectural woodwork manager Janos Mathiesen, superintendent Duane Robinson, and foreman Kevin Wright.