New York architecture firm nArchitects has released new photos of its modular, micro-unit residential building that is intended to serve as a “systemic new paradigm” for cities facing an affordable housing crisis.
Formerly known as My Micro NY, the nine-storey building has been renamed Carmel Place. It is located in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighbourhood.
Totalling 35,000 square feet (3,250 square metres), the tower contains 55 units that range in size from 250 to 370 square feet (23 to 34 square metres). The tall, narrow building is composed of four thin, stepped volumes that are clad in varying shades of grey bricks.
The interior photographs show bright studios with sliding glass doors, Juliet balconies and ceiling heights measuring over nine feet (2.7 metres). The firm worked with the company Resource Furniture to create a built-in piece that combines a sofa, bed and storage, so the living room can be converted into a bedroom.
“NArchitects designed the interior of the units to create a sense of spaciousness, comfort and flexibility,” said the Brooklyn-based firm, which was founded in 1999 by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang.
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“Within a compact footprint, the architect and developer team prioritised providing residents with as much volume, light, air and views out to the neighbourhoods as possible,” it added.
The modular units are made of steel frames and concrete slabs. The firmprefabricated the units off-site in Brooklyn, in turn speeding up the construction process, which was documented in a video.
Work on the modules began in 2014, and on-site construction started last March. Construction is slated to be completed this March, and the first tenants are scheduled to move in that month.
Leasing is currently underway. More than 60,000 applications have already been received from potential tenants, according to the firm.
The New York Times reports that a majority of the units will have a monthly rent of $950 (approximately £600), which is considered a bargain in Manhattan. The median rental price for a one-bedroom Manhattan apartment is currently $3,400 (approximately £2,200), according to aBloomberg report.
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