Olson Kundig Architects’ Tom Kundig created a unique home office for a designer that doubles as a train-like studio, which moves on railroad tracks.
The office, called Maxon Studio, is inspired by Japanese high-speed railways and sits on a 15-ft gauge track with custom wheels and an electric motor.
The building weighs 35,000 lbs and has a stabilizing bar to prevent tipping during earthquakes. When not in use, Maxon Studio is parked next to Maxon House, the owner’s main residence, also designed by Olson Kundig.
The attention to detail is apparent with the use of a vintage control panel from a Burlington Northern locomotive to operate the studio. This train-like office provides a unique separation between work and home life and is situated in a forest near Carnation, Washington.