Animal House: Kaley Overstreet, Kyle Zook, Enio Dajko

Kaley Overstreet, Kyle Zook, Enio Dajko

PROJECT INFORMATION:

  Studio Professor: Hilary Sample of MOS Architects   Student Designers: Kaley Overstreet, Kyle Zook, Enio Dajko   Kaley Overstreet-  3rd year graduate student from Santa Barbara, CA, attending the Knowlton School of Architecture where she also earned a B.S. in Architecture.  Is a former News Intern for ArchDaily, and former Digital Design Intern at Gensler in their New York office.   Kyle Zook- 3rd year graduate student at the Knowlton School of Architecture from Orville, OH. He attended the University of Cincinnati for undergraduate where he received a B.S. in Architecture. Currently serves as a Competition Director at archoutloud.   Enio Dajko-  3rd year graduate student from Cleveland, OH, attending the Knowlton School of Architecture where he also aarned his B.S. in Architecture. Enio works as the 2016-2017 Knowlton LeFevre Fellow Assistant to Galo Canizares (MIT)  

Animal House

Project Statement: Our project, situated on the corner of 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, NY, explores a voyeuristic idea of how life in New York City acts as a “sitcom” performance within an 8-unit apartment complex.  By using animals or various sizes as a parti of scale, we were able to create identifiable units that differ in size, location within the building, and match the personified traits and possessions of each animal. The “social butterfly” tenant lives in the small central unit, and contains butterfly chairs, a futon for frequent visitors, and a bug catching net. The “noisy elephant” unit is larger, has oversized furniture, and a table full of peanuts, among other “elephant-related” items. The units are brought to the front of the building, to emphasize the idea of a building as a voyeuristic section. The modes and speeds of circulation in New York city are represented at different scales in this project.  The park across the street extends into a sequence of stairs, protected by a mesh façade, that both move people through the building, and perform as green spaces for social interactions. The redesigned subway station below the apartment complex connects to the building through the elevator, representing speed and technology in an urban environment.

Whether they know it or not, each person in New York City is acting in a performance. This building aims to be a catalyst for that performance, both by passersby looking in, and the residents who inhabit the apartments.     Instagram Usernames: @Kaley_0, @Zookkw, @Knowltonosu