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). Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced on January 22nd, 2013, that the My Micro NY development team has been chosen through a competitive Request for Proposals, which received the largest response to date for an HPD housing project.
The adAPT NYC competition was created as part of the administration’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to introduce additional choices within New York City’s housing market and accommodate the city’s growing population of one- and two-person households. 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. The Mayor’s office waived certain zoning regulations at the Kips Bay site to allow the Carmel Place/My Micro NY pilot project to be developed.
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.
The project completed the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in early winter 2014, and began construction in Spring 2014, with expected completion in early 2016. See video trailer by Antti Seppanen.
Typical unit; photo courtesy Pablo Enriquez
Carmel Place under construction, February 2016; Photo courtesy Field Condition
Carmel Place/My Micro NY
Client : Monadnock Development / NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Project Location : 335 E 27th Street, Kips Bay, Manhattan
Status : 2013 – 2015 (In construction)
Area : 35,000sf
Program : 55 micro-unit apartments + retail
Sustainability : LEED Silver target
Awards : 1st Prize, adAPT NYC Competition, Architizer A+ Awards Mention
nARCHITECTS Team : Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals), Ammr Vandal (Associate, Project Manager), Tony-Saba Shiber, Daniel Katebini-Stengel, Cheryl Baxter, Albert Figueras, Prathyusha Viddam, Gabrielle Marcoux, Amanda Morgan, Zach Cohen, Matthew Scarlett, Matthew Wilson, Alexis Payen; Competition Phase: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals); Ammr Vandal (Associate, Project Architect), Daniel-Katebini Stengel, Christopher Grabow, Alex Tseng, Nancy Putnam
Collaborators : Structural Engineer: DeNardis Engineering LLC; MEP engineer: A. Joselow, P.C.; Civil Engineer and Landscape: Langan Engineering; LEED Consultant: Taitem Engineering, PC; Code Consulting: JM Zoning; Consulting Architect (competition phase): Willis DeLaCour; Marketing Consultant: Corcoran Sunshine; Graphic Design: Project Projects; Builders: Monadnock Construction, Capsys Corp (modular units)
Image Credit: Mir