KYLE O’CONNOR Design Portfolio
CONTENTS GRADUATE STUDIOS Red Hook Rising Cause and Effect The Sheer Volume Parkside, Philadelphia Sorting the Methods COMPETITIONS Post and Current Wedge Chair METHODS/RESEARCH Invisible Cities Deployable Structures Interoperable Terrains PROFESSIONAL Beale Street Landing Race Street Residence Nashville Boulevard Hydrant Greenstreets Select Renderings
RED HOOK RISING 2013 Marion Weiss, Critic - Hye Eun Kang, Partner If Red Hook, Brooklyn continues to grow, it needs to happen responsively. The impact of Hurricane Sandy is an object lesson for new buildings, especially those on the vulnerable waterfronts. Red Hook Rising takes a bold stance, reaching up and out of harmâ€™s way. Perched above the water, a series of housing modules hang from massive A-frames. Residential units occupy the the higher floors to avoid flooding, while the lower levels are more flexible. The plaza, promenades, and pier offer a public platform, while the tidal zone accommodates interaction with the water while reminding occupants of their exposure to its dynamic, unpredictable flows. On this site, the buildings are exposed, but the critical surfaces within remain resistant.
STUDIO + 1-BR
STUDIO + 1-BR
STUDIO + 1-BR
2-BEDROOM SCALE: 1/8”=1’-0”
TYPICAL FLOOR PLAN h
FLOOD - HURRICANE
CAUSE AND EFFECT 2012 Karen M’Closkey, Critic MaCarthur Causeway in Miami is opportunistically coupled with new public spaces as a means to provide a central link between the city’s attractions while becoming an attraction in and of itself. Spaces are botanically categorized into stress-tolerant, disturbance-tolerant, and competitiontolerant areas, based on physical characteristics. Each type allows for certain programs and maintenance regimes, which will change from month to month as the cultural influence of Miami’s events impacts the use and occupation rates. The existing highway infrastructure sets the stage for new forms of recreation, events, tourism, and ecology, while connecting formerly detached locations of the city.
B-B COMPETITION LAGOONS
C-C STRESS PATHS
D-D DISTURBANCE PATHS
G-G SEA LEVEL
J-J WATSON ISLAND
K-K BRIDGE APPROACH
1/32” = 1’-0”
L L K
K J I J H I
ISLAND/CAUSEWAY EXTENTS TOPOGRAPHY BUS RAPID TRANSIT
F G E
STRESS + DISTURBANCE OPERATIONS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFSHORE FROM CAUSEWAY
TRANSPLANTED SPECIMENS HEAT COMPACTED DRY SHALLOW
NUTRIENT DEPLETION POOR DRAINAGE
BARRIER CREST BACKSHORE
WIND BOAT WAKE
AMPLE SUN RIDGE
BARRIER FLAT MARSH
THE SHEER VOLUME 2012 Ben Krone, Critic - Liz McDonough, Partner This new facility for the archives of the Guggenheim Museum shifts the relationship between the archived material, the archivists, and the public. Documents are spread out amongst a large number of small stacks, exposing the sublime volume of the collection. The split-level of the site is utilized in order to push the stacks underground, protecting them while offering a vital urban link across the roof of the landform building. The material is also categorized and accessible, making the archived items part of an ongoing display, which alters the very idea of an archive.
19’ 19’ 7,000 CF 19’
CURRENT MATERIAL VOLUME 7,000 cubic-foot boxes 2,600 sheets of paper per box 18,200,000 sheets of paper
CURRENT MATERIAL AREA 18,200,000 sheets of paper 0.65Current squareMaterial feet perArea sheet 11,830,000 square feetofofpaper paper 18,200,000 sheets 3,440 feet x 3,440 0.65 square feetfeet per square sheet
11,830,000 square feet of paper 3,440 feet x 3,440 feet square
STACK + ROOF FORMATION
UPPER AND LOWER LEVELS
VOLUMES + ORGANIZATION
PARKSIDE, PHILADELPHIA 2011 David Gouverneur, Critic A new district in West Philadelphia strategically inserts research, development, manufacturing, and recreational facilities into the existing fabric and infrastructure of the city. The productive aspects focus on a tree nursery, treatment wetlands, and clean energy development. The southern edge of West Fairmount Park is tied into the district and across a sunken railroad, bridging the Lancaster Avenue corridor and the park. A new SEPTA transit hub anchors the development and plugs into the greater transit systems of Philadelphia while a pedestrian greenway flanks the rail corridor and establishes connections over the Schuylkill River to East Fairmount Park and Center City.
WETLAND TRAYS SECTION
PUBLIC SPINE SECTION
SORTING THE METHODS 2010 Phu Hoang, Critic The pavilion-garden is a facility for both the production and consumption of fresh produce. A series of structural ribs frame the sweeping platform-canopy. Component boxes running between the ribs are sorted out as walking platforms, seats, tables, planter boxes, and skylights. Produce is grown right side up, upside down, and aeroponically, distorting the orientation of the pavilionâ€™s operations. Those operations are made evident by the sorted surface conditions, allowing the performative features to be read from any location. All food is grown, harvested, purchased, and consumed on-site. Waste is retained for compost and stormwater is captured by the planting surfaces.
SUPPORT WALK SIT PLACE PASS GAZE GROW (BELOW)
SURFACE MATERIAL PLAN
SORTED MARGINS COLLAGE
POST AND CURRENT 2012 Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition Andreas Kostopoulos, Xiao Lin, Nicholas Perrin, and Katerina Tchakalska, Partners This project called for a new mixed-use development on the site of a decommissioned post office in downtown Houston, Texas. Our team sought to retain the existing modernist landmark by reconfiguring it through a series of circulation cuts to divide the site into urban blocks injected with new, mixed program. Additionally, we realigned a major thoroughfare in order to open up the riverfront to the project boundary and connect to the existing riparian park space. Within the group, I contributed to the concept development, site design, architectural strategies, renderings, and diagrams.
! Though currently blighted by infrastructure, unused buildings and vast lots, the site provides the opportunity to preserve and revitalize an urban landmark while creating loft residential and office spaces for a diverse demographic.
Franklin Street is realigned and coupled with new roads for various scales of transport, to create a connection to the complex, while encouraging residents to walk and bike.
The massive ex-post office is divided into urban blocks and injected with programmatic variety. The new pedestrian corridors connect the complex to the riverfront.
The development is fully landscaped, furthering the connection to the riverfront and providing multiple scales of parks. The emergence of small apartments and retail spaces in the townhouses by the water expand the diversity on the site and fully integrate the development into the fabric of the city at-large.
WEDGE CHAIR 2012 Battery Conservancy - Draw Up a Chair Competition Nicholas Perrin, Partner The Wedge Chair affords innumerable seating options through simple repositioning of its uncomplicated form, while comfortably integrating into the environment of the Battery Green. Constructed as a welded steel frame with wooden-slat seating, the chair has an original geometric configuration that allows it to be stackable, have a minimal footprint on the Green, and a straightforward assembly. The form allows for an enhancement of the parkâ€™s unprogrammed space. With an anticipation for user engagement, the Wedge Chair provides an armature for creating novel spaces within the park. The seating pattern promotes this by skewing the orthogonal elements of the chairâ€™s frame and asking what potentials could arise from unexpected adjacent arrangements.
INVISIBLE CITIES 2012 Valerio Morabito, Critic Landscape representation course. Mixed-media drawings.
DEPLOYABLE STRUCTURES 2012 Mohamad Al Khayer, Critic - Liz McDonough, Partner Built explorations of deployable structures.
INTEROPERABLE TERRAINS 2013 Keith Kaseman, Critic Digital study on simulating drainage patterns and erosion.
POINTS OF FORCE ANALYSIS
BEALE STREET LANDING 2011 Balmori Associates Riverfront Park, Memphis, Tennessee.
RENDERINGS VIA MEMPHIS RDC
RACE STREET RESIDENCE 2014 Eimer Design
PERSPECTIVE LOOKING EAST ON RACE STREET
OLD CITY HEIGHT RESTRICTION
RACE STREET ELEVATION
32’ RACE STREET
E STREET PHIA, PA
SITE PLAN F L O R I S T S T.
MECH. KING 76x80
F L O R I S T S T.
WATER HEATER QUEEN 60x80
WATER HEATER MECH.
R A C E S T. GROUND/FIRST FLOOR
NASHVILLE BOULEVARD 2009 New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Stormwater Capture Greenstreet, Cambria Heights, Queens.
HYDRANT GREENSTREETS 2009 New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Proposal for the reclaimation of 30-foot No Parking Zones in front of fire hydrants for stormwater capture, traffic control, public space, and an expansion of Greenstreetsâ€™ repertoire.
SELECT RENDERINGS 2013 - 2014 Eimer Design
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