Best Buildings In Olympic History by Kim Kunasek

1. Panathenaic Stadium

City: Athens, Greece

Year of Games: 1896

Architect: Lycurgus

2. Olympic Shooting Venue

City: London, U.K.

Year of Games: 2012

Architect: Magma Architecture

3. Oval Lingotto

City: Turin, Italy

Year of Games: 2006

Architect: Populous, Studio Zoppini Associati of Milan and Buro Happold.

4. Athens Olympic Velodrome

City: Athens, Greece

Year: 2004

Architect: Santiago Calatrava

5. Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center)

City: Beijing, China

Year of Games: 2008

Architect: PTW Architects, CSCEC, CCDI, and Arup

6. Salt Lake City Olympic Flame

City: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Year of Games: 2002

Architect: WET Design (cauldron), Arrow Dynamics (frame), Western Glass (glass pieces)

7. London Velopark

City: London, U.K.

Year of Games: 2012

Architect: Hopkins Architects


8. Olympic Arena

City: Tokyo, Japan

Year of Games: 1964

Architect: Kenzo Tange


9. Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium)

City: Beijing, China

Year of Games: 2008

Architect: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach, Ai Weiwei, Li Xinggang

10. Munich Olympic Stadium

City: Munich, Germany

Year of Games: 1972

Architect: Günther Behnisch

5 Most Significant 2016 Olympics Architectural Buildings by Kim Kunasek

1. Amazonia Arena

Location: Manaus
Opened: 2014
Architect: Gerkan, Marg and Partners

2. Estádio Olímpico João Havelange (Engenhão)

Location: Rio de Janeiro
Opened: 2007
Architect: Carlos Porto

3. Future Arena

Location: Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
Opened: 2016
Architect: Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes Arquitetos

4. Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha

Location: Brasília
Opened: 1974, renovated in 2013
Architect: Castro Mello

5. Youth Arena

Location: Deodoro
Opened: 2016
Architect: Vigliecca & Associados

Words by Nerds: Pop-Up Store Expert Interview by Kim Kunasek

Oei Design prepared for the future? According to Kim, they’re exactly “what the doctor is ordering right now.” With design work in Universal Studios and Downtown Disney, Oei Design has already had plenty of experience with the idea of a pop-up store.

“Our work has often been described as entertainment retail or destination retail. We’ve been doing it.”

Looking forward, Kim hopes more property owners and commercial bankers give in to the idea of the pop-up store so that we’ll be seeing more of this constantly evolving in-person marketing tool. With the rapidly changing face of marketing, we look forward to seeing what new endeavors Kim and the rest of the Oei Design team have in store.

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Le Fashion Truck by Kim Kunasek

Le Fashion Truck is a mobile boutique – a store on wheels. Setting up shop in various locations throughout Los Angeles since January 2011 and recently also in Bakersfield, Le Fashion Truck features clothing and accessories by emerging designers for the woman on the go! Shop handmade jewelry, handbags, accessories and more aboard the pink truck. They even included the dressing room!


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Their new Pop-Up Restaurant is shaped like a massive Lunch Box. Think supersize times 100. Currently, this LunchBox is touring the Australian area, such as Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Etc. Aside from attracting people by their unique shape, McDonald’s is also promoting their new Sirloin/Rump Wraps.

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Art Deco buildings by Kim Kunasek

Now home to the consulate of Indonesia, this Art Deco building was designed as the headquarters and opulent showroom for custom-built luxury Auburn-Cord automobiles.

Owner E. L. Cord demanded polished marble floors, hardwood finishes, thirty-foot ceilings, and dramatic display windows facing onto Wilshire.

Upstairs were four levels of service departments reached by inside ramps. The top floor housed radio stations KFAC and KFVD, which had their broadcast antennas on the roof.

Cord later owned Century Airlines (precursor to American Airlines) and Checker Cab, as well as extensive Wilshire Boulevard frontage in the priciest section of Beverly Hills, where he built the Cordhaven estate. He left California abruptly in the 1950s for a new life as a rancher and politician in Nevada.

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Oei Design Helped build BABW's interactive showroom by Kim Kunasek

Oei Design has been in the news recently for helping to create Build-A-Bear Workshop's first interactive showroom in New York City. We are very proud of our accomplishment and long relationship with such a fun company. The showroom is located inside the New York Infusion studio. It will remain open for weeks, providing a glimpse into the new interactive fixtures of the re-imagined stores. Included are some end-result photos from the opening. (By appointment only.)


Madewell in Georgetown celebrated the launch of their newThe Cambridge Satchel Company collaboration with a party on their second floor. The event was also in honor of the store’s new use of the space—“Our 2nd Story,” as they’re calling it—which is now open for other brands to use for pop-up shops.