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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tiny Spaces For The Big Apple

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Illustration of My Micro NY, looking east on 27th Street, during construction. (Copyright MIR)Nighttime rendering of a typical micro-unit for the My Micro NY project. (Copyright Ledaean)Daytime rendering of a typical micro-unit for the My Micro NY project. (Copyright Ledaean)A rendering of My Micro NY, looking north from E 27th Street. (Copyright MIR)A rendering of My Micro NY, looking west on 27th Street in New York. (Copyright MIR)A rendering of My Micro NY towers detail. (Copyright MIR)Diagram of a My Micro NY micro-unit. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)Diagram of My Micro NY amenity spaces and micro-units. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)Diagram of a floor of My Micro NY micro-units. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)

Space is at a premium in many big cities. New York, for example, has 1.8 million one- and two-person households, but only one million studios and one-bedroom apartments. So some cities are trying to encourage smaller living spaces.

San Francisco’s SmartSpace Micro apartments are about 220 square feet. Vancouver’s micro-lofts measure around 225 square feet. And New York City will soon have its own micro-unit building, too.

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced the winner of the adAPT NYC Competition to create an apartment building with units ranging from 250 to 370 square feet. To give you a sense of how small that is, a two-car garage is about 400 square feet.

The winning project is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS, Monadnock Development LLC and the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit that serves creative arts professionals.

They call their project My Micro NY.

“After my wife and I moved from Boston, we lived in 350 square feet for four years. It’s totally possible. But the reason many people move to New York is for the city, not the apartment,” Eric Bunge of nARCHITECTS told Here & Now.

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Nighttime rendering of a typical micro-unit for the My Micro NY project. (Copyright Ledaean)

Nighttime rendering of a typical micro-unit for the My Micro NY project. (Copyright Ledaean)

Guest:

  • Eric Bunge, co-principal architect with nARCHITECTS, which co-designed the winning project for adAPT NYC Competition.

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