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The Overlook School

The Overlook School reimagines a thriving educational environment for the Lower East Side’s collective youth and senior citizens. The building mass is organized into a bent L-shaped volume that flexes towards the light and views provided along Sara Roosevelt Park. The ground floor features an open sweeping circulation with accessible senior-workshop studios that also share common sunrooms flooded with daylight linking the green backyard. Open wide corridors allow classroom programs to spill into flexible communal/ play areas to encourage collaboration, with windows aligning across vertical openings for unobstructed city and park views. The circulation travels through the crevices on a journey flooded with light, mixed with changing viewports to the city, courtyard, and the vibrant adjacent programs. And these overlooks reveal the inner workings of the building. The design defies the traditional dark double-loaded corridor for a phenomenally transparent circulation, where natural light enhances social and learning interactions in these in-between spaces and most importantly, physically bridges co-generational interchange.