plans for an apartment block of stackable modules have won a design competition for "micro-units" to help solve the shortage of small homes in Manhattan (+ slideshow).
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg named American studio nARCHITECTSas the winner of the adAPT NYC competition, which called for designs made up of only one- and two-person homes for a pilot project on a site in Kips Bay.
Zoning regulations will be waived to allow construction of the apartment block. "The growth rate for one- and two-person households greatly exceeds that of households with three or more people, and addressing that housing challenge requires us to think creatively and beyond our current regulations," said Bloomberg.
nARCHITECTS teamed up with Monadnock Development LLC and theActors Fund Housing Development Corporation to design My Micro NY, a building of 55 apartments with 40 percent at affordable rents.
Modules will be hoisted into place over a period of just two weeks and the exterior of the building will be clad in graduated shades of brickwork.
Each residence will feature a compact kitchen with a cooker, fridge, pull-out pantry and space for microwave, plus a combined living and sleeping area and a bathroom. Storage areas are also included and comprise a loft and closet.
As well as apartments, the building will contain a laundry room, bicycle storage, a gym and a series of communal lounge and multi-purpose areas. A roof terrace on the eighth floor will provide space for outdoor events and activities.
"We're thrilled at the chance of designing a housing prototype that will give New Yorkers in small spaces a sense of living in a larger social fabric" said nARCHITECTS' principal Eric Bunge.
Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2013 and more schemes will be initiated in the future, as part of the mayor's bid to provide 165,000 new homes for New Yorkers by 2014.
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