The idea of living in a studio apartment even smaller than the current zoned minimum of 400 square feet is intrinsically depressing even to space-challenged, rent-weary New Yorkers. Maybe that’s why only 33 folks entered Bloomberg’s design competition.
The winning unit, called “My Micro NY,” features 9-foot ceilings, mini outdoor decks.and will be built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and then transported to Manhattan. Yes kiddies, it’s pre-fab pads for the rest of us who don’t have a million or so to buy a one bedroom. I suspect that real estate developers and landlords are secretly river dancing at zoning changes related to all this that allow New York apartments to legally get even smaller and be built more cheaply as pre-fab pod buildings. Mike Antoinette and his zoning honcho partner Amanda Burden strike again.
The NY Times Reports:
“The apartment of New York City’s future, as the city imagines it, has all the amenities of modern life: wheelchair-accessible bathroom, a full kitchen, space for entertaining and access to a gym, communal lounge, front and back porches and a rooftop garden — all in 250 to 370 square feet.
The city on Tuesday unveiled the winner of a competition to design and build an apartment tower on city-owned land composed entirely of micro-units, 55 homes the size of hotel rooms that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hopes will be the first in a wave of tiny apartments aimed at addressing the city’s shortage of studio and one-bedroom apartments.
Small as it might be, the winning design was chosen for the way that it maximized light, airiness and storage space through the use of 9-foot-high ceilings, large windows, lofts and Juliet balconies.
“We have a shortfall now of 800,000, and it’s only going to get worse,” Mr. Bloomberg said during the news conference announcing the winning team, a partnership between Monadnock Development, Brooklyn-based ARCHITECTS and a nonprofit that serves creative arts professionals, the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation. “This is going to be a big problem for cities with young people.”
In another futuristic twist, the 10-story tower at 335 East 27th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood will rise thanks to modular construction, becoming the city’s first apartment building to do so: units will be prefabricated, then stacked on top of one another like Legos.” – NY Times
The project will also be the first modular development in Manhattan, following on the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, which suggests that prefabricated construction may indeed take hold as a new model for housing development in the city, at least on the low end. Some 40 percent of the units will be set aside for low- and middle-income tenants, with prices ranging from $940 per month to $1,800 per month.
“We’ve chosen Manhattan because more than three-quarters of its homes are one or two person households,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “We already have the population seeking housing for a small number of people, we just don’t have the apartments to house them.”–NY Observer