N Architects / Carmel Place
“nARCHITECTS’ Carmel Place (formerly known as My Micro NY), with Monadnock Development, is the winning proposal in the adAPT NYC competition sponsored by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD).
The City’s housing codes have not kept up with its changing population, and currently do not allow apartments smaller than 400sf nor an entire building of micro-units.
Carmel Place will be the first micro-unit apartment building in New York City, one of the first multi-unit Manhattan buildings using modular construction, and at the time of writing, the tallest modular building in New York City. The project focuses on quality and livability through features that highlight the use of space, light, and air, such as 9’-8” floor-to-ceiling heights and juliet balconies. Shared amenities will include a gym at ground floor level, a small lounge, den, community room and public roof terrace, bicycle storage, tenant storage room and separate storage lockers dispersed throughout the building, and a small garden.
By incorporating setbacks as a governing design logic, My Micro NY could in principle be adapted to many sites, at a range of heights and floor area ratios, and at nearly any location in a block. The 55 micro-units, ranging from 260 to 360 square feet, achieve affordability for low- and middle-income households, in part through its use of modular design to significantly shorten project schedule.”
Photography by Pablo Enriquez.