The winner of the adAPT NYC design contest was announced this week. The architecture firm nARCHITECTS collaborated with Monadnock Development LLC and Actors Find HDC to produce “My Micro NYC,” the winning design of a “micro apartment” of roughly 400 square feet.
nARCHITECT’s apartments consist of two areas: a “canvas” bedroom with easily convertible fold down furniture, and a “toolbox” kitchen, bathroom, and storage space. The space is designed to maximize utility and flexibility. The proposed ten-story building comes with plenty of amenities to make up for the small apartment, such as a rooftop garden, fitness room, lounges on each floor, bike storage, and laundry.
The project will be located on East 27th St in Kips Bay, Manhattan. The prefabricated, modular apartments will be manufactured locally at the Brooklyn Navy Yard by Capsys, an Energy Star company.
Here are the floor plans for the proposed apartments:
The 2010 Census showed rapid growth in one- to two-person households in Manhattan, and the current housing supply of studios and one-bedrooms is approximately 800,000 units short of the demand. Mayor Bloomberg announced the contest in July 2012 with the goal of finding creative and design-forward solutions to the housing shortage.
The hope is that the micro apartments will provide a comfortable and stylish home for young professionals interested in living in Manhattan without breaking the bank. The winning design is currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York’s “Making Room” exhibit through September 15th, along with other micro apartment models from around the world.