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O/K Apartment (New York, N.Y.)

O/K Apartment (New York, N.Y.)

Part of

People

  • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

Title

O/K Apartment (New York, N.Y.)

Dates of creation

1994-2001

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • 4283 digital files (17.7 GB)
  • 36 drawings
  • 2 Hi-8 tapes
  • 1 Jaz drive (2 GB)
  • 1 Zip disk (96 MB)
  • 0.32 linear meters of textual material

Scope and Content

This project, 1994-2001, contains material related to the Ost/Kuttner Apartment, a built residential project in New York City.

Described by its clients as “Cleopatra’s submarine,” the O/K Apartment converts two adjacent units in a pre-World War II building in New York into a single but divisible space. The Apartment is organized into areas defined less by their programmatic identity—bathroom, bedroom, living room—than by a series of undulating landscapes made up of custom, function-bridging forms, which KOL/MAC developed by digitally compositing cross-sections of everyday domestic objects. To produce the pieces, the architects worked intensively with contractors in a process directly informed by computer-aided fabrication in a variety of fields including ship-building, bobsled design, and stage design.

The digital project records are largely in word processing formats, namely Microsoft Word for Mac and ClarisWorks, as well as images in TIF, JPEG, and Mac Pict image formats. There are also a large number of Microstation CAD drawings.

There are two major groupings within the digital material: First, there is a body of video and still images. These consist of screen captures of renderings and other digital models. There are also images and HTML for a related website, a photograph viewer showing pictures of a built, physical model of the apartment. Of note, there are two videos which document the early construction of the Apartment, as well as the construction of the shower/bed.

The second grouping consists of construction and design documentation. This consists of correspondence, invoices, and other word processing documents which show KOL/MAC’s work with the client, contractor, engineer, and other stakeholders. They also contain a large number of design files and images which document the evolving design of the Apartment. KOL/MAC versioned their working files at certain intervals, and each version represents a snapshot of the working files at a particular time. There is a substantial amount of duplication across these files.

There is also a physical component to the records, including three material samples from the apartment, as well as 28 floorplans for the bid set, 6 floorplans, and 2 blueprints. There is also .3 linear meters of textual records which document KOL/MAC’s work with the client, contractor, and sub-contractor during construction.

Reference Number

AP185.S2

Physical Description

Files were accessible using a range of software, browsers, and operating systems. The word processing files (Microsoft Word for Macintosh and ClarisWorks Word Processor) opened most consistently using LibreOffice in a Linux environment. The Mac PICT images will only open on a Mac computer, and similarly for the construction videos, the audio only will only play on a Mac. Out of the browsers tested, the O/K Apartment website has the best functionality in Chrome. A number of files were still inaccessible. This includes the AutoCAD plotter files, as well as a number of other files whose format is unclear.

Arrangement

This series is not arranged.

Location

New York (City) New York United States

General note

  • The textual records were minimally processed; they were rehoused from their five original black binders and described at the folder level. There remains a significant amount of fading fax paper; it did not undergo preservation photocopying because it reflects the minor details of construction documentation, which is out of scope for this fonds. Two blueprints were removed from the contractor’s documentation, flattened, and rehoused into a rigid folder due to preservation and accessibility concerns; one floorplan from the client’s documentation was treated in the same manner. During the rough sort for the digital materials, major directories and subdirectories of the O/K Apartment material were collocated. Like materials in related directories were grouped together. The original directories containing images and working files respectively were collocated; original arrangement within those directories was maintained. The Mac pict image files and Quark XPress files are available on demand as TIFs and PDFs respectively. The Quark XPress files have varying degrees of fidelity to the originals.

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.001
    • Title: Drawings and construction specifications for O/K Apartment
    • Dates of creation: 20 September 1994-6 March 1997
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory contains a large number of subdirectories containing the working files for O/K Apartment. The files appear to have been copied over at intervals during the project. They show the evolution of the projects and changes that occurred over time; however, this means that there are also a large number of duplicates. Each directory represents the work over a particular time period. Within these directories, the files have three major groupings: First, there are a large number of word processing files which document KOL/MACs interactions with the engineers, contractors, and clients. There is also documentation for construction specifications, meeting minutes, and other various notes. Second, there are a number of CAD files, including wireframe drawings, floorplans, and blueprints, which document the evolving design of the O/K Apartment. These are particularly rich in terms of furniture design. Third, there are a large number of still images showing renderings of the apartment; other various architectural drawings are also present, particularly including wireframe drawings and floorplans exported to raster image formats. Most common file formats: Microsoft Word for Macintosh Document, ClarisWorks Word Processor, Microstation CAD Drawing, Tagged Image File Format.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4058 digital files (403 MB)

    Physical Description:

    The word processing files (Microsoft Word for Macintosh and ClarisWorks Word Processor) open consistently using LibreOffice in a Linux environment. The AutoCAD plotter files do not open; however, they do appear to be duplicated, at least in part, by other formats including the Encapsulated Postscript Vector graphics files (in Adobe Illustrator) and/or the physical drawings. There are also a number of files whose file type was not identified at the time of processing; these often have a file extension of .000. It is unclear how to open these files, but they appear to be CAD-related.

    Arrangement:

    This directory collocates a large number of working directories for the O/K Apartment. These directories are arranged chronologically.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    General note:

    • Major directories from the original order were renamed to improve usability. Additionally, some of the files in this directory needed to be manually renamed in order to open them. Due to the large number of duplicate files, the directories can be deduplicated upon request.
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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.002
    • Title: Images of O/K Apartment
    • Dates of creation: 28 February 1996-2 September 1999
    • Form: photographs, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory contains a variety of still images of O/K Apartment. This includes renderings, wireframe drawings, photographs of the Apartment during and after construction, diagrams of co-citation mapping, and a floorplan. Most common file formats: Tagged Image File Format, Macintosh PICT Image, Adobe Photoshop, AppleDouble Resource Fork, Quark Xpress Data File.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 56 digital files (282 MB)

    Physical Description:

    The Mac PICT images will only open on a Mac computer. Two TIFs in the directory "renderings" appear to be corrupted.

    Arrangement:

    This directory brings together two directories from the original order containing still images of the O/K Apartment. These directories were not arranged, but were renamed to be more descriptive.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.003
    • Title: Website for O/K apartment photographs
    • Dates of creation: 11 August 1999-10 June 2001
    • Form: born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory contains images, HTML, CSS and JavaScript for a website for photographs of O/K Apartment models. Original directory name: "designers_apt". Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), Graphics Interchange Format, Hypertext Markup Language, JavaScript file.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 131 digital files (23 MB)

    Physical Description:

    Out of the browsers tested, the site has the best functionality in Chrome.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.004
    • Title: Construction videos for the O/K Apartment
    • Dates of creation: 16 July 1995-28 March 1996
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 videocassettes

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.005
    • Title: Client administrative papers and drawings for O/K apartment (1 of 2)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    General note:

    • One floorplan was removed and rehoused with the other oversized drawings.

    Folder Number:

    185-001-01

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.006
    • Title: Client administrative papers and drawings for O/K apartment (2 of 2)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-02

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.007
    • Title: Contractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (1 of 7)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    General note:

    • Two blueprints were removed and rehoused with the other oversized drawings.

    Folder Number:

    185-001-03

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.008
    • Title: Contractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (2 of 7)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-04

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.009
    • Title: Contractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (3 of 7)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-05

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.010
    • Title: Contractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (4 of 7)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-06

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.011
    • Title: Contractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (5 of 7)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-07

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.012
    • Title: Contractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (6 of 7)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-08

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.013
    • Title: Contractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (7 of 7)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-09

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.014
    • Title: Subcontractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (1 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-10

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.015
    • Title: Subcontractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (2 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-11

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.016
    • Title: Subcontractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (3 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-12

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.017
    • Title: Subcontractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (4 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-13

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.018
    • Title: Subcontractor administrative papers for O/K Apartment (5 of 5)
    • Dates of creation: 1996-1997
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 folder

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-001-14

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.019
    • Title: Material samples for O/K Apartment
    • Dates of creation: circa 1997
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 3

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 models

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.020
    • Title: Floorplans for KOL/MAC bid set for O/K Apartment (1 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: 9 October 1995-12 January 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 11 drawings

    Arrangement:

    These floorplans are from a set of 28. See AP185.S2.021 and AP185.S2.022 to see the complete set of drawings.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.021
    • Title: Floorplans for KOL/MAC bid set for O/K Apartment (2 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: 9 October 1995-12 January 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 10 drawings

    Arrangement:

    These floorplans are from a set of 28. See AP185.S2.020 and AP185.S2.022 to see the complete set of drawings.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.022
    • Title: Floorplans for KOL/MAC bid set for O/K Apartment (3 of 3)
    • Dates of creation: 9 October 1995-12 January 1996
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 drawings

    Arrangement:

    These floorplans are from a set of 28. See AP185.S2.020 and AP185.S2.021 to see the complete set of drawings.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    Folder Number:

    185-003-02

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.023
    • Title: Contractor blueprints for O/K Apartment
    • Dates of creation: circa 1997
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 drawings

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    General note:

    • These blueprints were moved from the contractor administrative papers to a rigid folder.

    Folder Number:

    185-003-03

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.024
    • Title: Client floorplan for O/K Apartment
    • Dates of creation: circa 1997
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

    General note:

    • This floorplan was moved from the client administrative papers and drawings to a rigid folder.

    Folder Number:

    185-003-01

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S2.025
    • Title: Floorplans for O/K Apartment
    • Dates of creation: 15 February 1996-7 July 1997
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5 drawings

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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