Every year Co.Design distributes Innovation by Design Awards. Awards’ categories include Apps, Health, Social Good, Graphic Design & Data Visualization and Spaces/Places/Cities among others. This year, the winner in the latter category is nARCHITECTS’ Carmel Place. Formerly known as My Micro NY, Carmel Place is a micro apartments unit in Manhattan. “In Manhattan, where real estate is precious and space is at a premium, Carmel Place offers an innovative take on urban development,” explains Co.Design.
Completed in 2016, this 9-story building at 335 East 27th Street in Kips Bay contains 55 loft-like micro apartments that range in size from 260 to 360 square feet. 22 of the units are “affordable” and the remainder rent for $3,000 a month. 8 out of the 22 rental units that are allocated for affordable housing are Section 8, which means they are reserved for formerly homeless US veterans. As such, they com with complementary integrated furniture. The unit has generated high interest with over 60,000 applications for the remaining 14 micro apartments in the “affordable housing” section. Residents began moving in June 1st, 2016. While apartments in New York City are not allowed to be smaller than 400 square feet, the city made an exception for this project.
“Conceived as a microcosm of the city skyline, the building’s exterior resembles four slender “mini towers”, connecting the concept of micro-living to the form and identity of the building,” explains nARCHITECTS. “The architects’ aim was to provide a new social framework for small households that emphasizes nested scales of community rather than individual residents.”
“The architects’ aim was to provide a new social framework for small households that emphasizes nested scales of community rather than individual residents.”
Micro Apartments – Interior
Designers’ goal was to create a sense of spaciousness despite the small size of the micro apartments. 8′ tall sliding windows ensure that there is plenty of natural light. Furniture is multi-functional with extra storage space in the bathrooms. nARCHITECTS worked with Resource Furniture for built-in furnishings. Additional furnishings were provided by Stage 3 Properties.
Here is the way a micro apartment looks like at night.
Here is its configuration for day time.
And another perspective.
Kitchenettes contain a mini-refrigerator, s two-burner electric stovetop and microwaves. Bathrooms are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair, but have stall showers instead of bathtubs.
Carmel Place’s residents have access to a number of communal amenities. For example, the lobby connects Mt Carmel Place’s sidewalk on the west to an exterior porch for residents’ use on the east and could be used to host dinner/community parties. The building also contains lounge spaces with built-in seating, a gym, storage & laundry, and a public roof terrace.