The adAPT NYC Competition challenged designers to create micro-apartments for young, single professionals, and the winner was announced this week by Mayor Bloomberg. ‘My Micro NY’ was proposed by a development team composed of Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS.
The project will create 55 new micro-units on a City-owned site at 335 East 27th Street in Manhattan. 40% of these will be available to low and middle-income New Yorkers.
The new apartments will be designed to optimize space and built using modular construction, with the modules pre-fabricated locally by Capsys at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They will measure 250-370 square feet and feature Juliette balconies.
The micro-apartments are composed of two zones, a ‘toolbox’ that contains a kitchen, bathroom, and storage space, and a ‘canvas’ that provides a flexible living and sleeping area.
The building itself focuses on interaction and the community, with multi-purpose spaces, shared lounges on nearly every floor, a rooftop garden, cafe, and a ground-floor porch with picnic tables. There will also be a laundry room, residential storage, a bike room, and fitness space. Residents are expected to move in by September 2015.