NYC’s micro-modular, Minecraft-era building rises in 1 month

Single people now make up a third of New York City’s households and with the average rent for a studio at $2,600, the city responded in 2012 by announcing a competition to design units smaller than the minimum size of 400 square feet. Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge of nArchitects won with their ‘My Micro NY’ proposal (now called Carmel Place).

With 55 units ranging from 260 to 360 square feet, Carmel Place is the city’s first modular micro-apartment building. Hoang explains the building had to be prefabbed in order to squeeze as many units as possible on the small site.

“Even though we’re shrinking the square footage of the apartment, we still had to comply with a lot of regulations, regulations about minimize size- minimize size of the kitchen, the counter length, of living space dimension- so the tolerances that we were working with were within an eighth of an inch which is really not possible with traditional construction so basically all the fine-tuning was done in the factory to get it really, really exact.”

Due to codes, the bathroom and kitchen size was predetermined so the architects worked with transforming furniture to make the livingroom/bedroom multifunctional.

To create a bigger, and lighter, feeling inside the apartments, the architects designed high ceilings (9 foot 8 inches), large windows and Juliet balconies (or “balconet”: a sliding glass door, but no exterior access).

Footage from the film ‘Carmel Place’ by Antti T Seppänen to be released 2016. Trailer:

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  1. ycannon100
    August 1, 2017

    I don't really see how this helps anyone when the rent is almost 3k – people in NY are living in even smaller than these for a reason – they can't afford costs like this. (Greed – life is all about the all mighty dollar) not actually helping someone.

  2. Styx62 Ga
    August 22, 2017

    I love Kirsten

  3. IntarwebUser
    August 27, 2017

    The apartments in Seinfeld were a might bigger than this. Them comedians must be raking in the big money to be able to afford a space where you can have company over.

  4. Pamela Prizant
    September 22, 2017

    I like it but, they always show the dishwasher and TV – HELLO WE DON'T NEED THEM ANYMORE!!!! We have minimal dishes to wash – what for one or two people??? How F'ing lazy can you get!!!! AND NO TV – don't need it we have our COMPUTERS – THEY STREAM IN WHATEVER WE WANT TO WATCH, like I am watching this now! Listen to us. And 300 Sq. Ft. MUCH TOO LARGE – go smaller!!!! Thank you for listening!!!

  5. Pamela Prizant
    September 22, 2017

    Forget the DISHWASHER, get a bigger REFRIDGERATOR!!!!

  6. Pamela Prizant
    September 22, 2017

    LOVE THE MURPHY BED! Get a possible Murphy table and bench! LOVE THE EXPANDING TABLE TOO! Rents should be no more than $900 per month!!! Come on now don't be greedy! I am studying to be an architect – and will create some awesome dwellings – that is my specialty! I LOVE THE DWELLINGS!!

  7. stikowsky
    October 9, 2017

    Maybe they should just shrink the people instead.

  8. D Ransom
    October 10, 2017

    I am going to use this design for my Tiny House build. I love the Julie Baloney idea. I love modern and space and fresh air. I rather build my own house because everyone is right this is too high.

    You have to think about who your market is which are fresh out of college students, single people, couples with no kids and so forth will not be able afford to afford this because they are saving. Senors would not live like this because they are not accustom to this type of living. Your market is single career people that is a tight squeeze.

  9. Green Is The New Lean
    October 14, 2017

    If this was affordable I would move in something like this tomorrow.

  10. Marie GabrielDavidPio
    October 19, 2017

    terrible pure greed

  11. Insect Chart
    October 22, 2017

    Just pure greed!!

  12. mrpetersonandsnappyturtle
    October 28, 2017

    with the billions of dollars america has it can treat its people better!

  13. Bonny Mahoney
    October 29, 2017

    Keep it simple and keep it affordable. That would serve the people who need housing.

  14. Mary Riley
    October 30, 2017

    I like it. I could be quite comfortable there.

  15. watchulla
    November 1, 2017

    This looks like it is still made for young RICH people. Typical.

  16. jessica lamarre
    November 22, 2017

    These kitchens are actually a good size for that type of place at least.

  17. protocultureBJJ
    November 30, 2017

    Cool vid … but what's with the hmmmm at 11:35?

  18. Маргарита Шатилова
    November 30, 2017

    Actually it is Soviet idea of the early 20s. Such modular micro-apartment building even was built in Moscow ( and It influenced Le Corbusier a lot. In 70s modular building appeared in Tokyo ( Pretty nice to see how the socialistic ideas from Soviet Russia came to the entire world.

  19. deafwing
    December 3, 2017

    Waste of money

  20. sean mckee
    December 4, 2017

    NY is about nostalgia. Very few HAVE to work in NY. Live where it's cheaper.

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