micro unit 4 Monadnock Development will be building New York’s first micro-unit apartments in Kips Bay, beating out 32 other entries in the city’s design contest, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today.

Monadnock Development will partner with the Actors Fund for Housing Development and modular housing builder Capsys to construct the miniature apartments at 335 East 27th Street, a city-owned plot. The design is by New York firm nArchitects.

The project will be the first modular development in Manhattan, after the Atlantic Yards project broke ground in Brooklyn. As part of an experiment with zoning regulations, the apartments will range between 250 and 375 square feet; currently, all new apartments must measure at least 450 square feet. About 40 percent of the units will be reserved for low- and middle-income residents, with pricing from $940 per month to $1,800 per month.

The mayor’s office describes the winning design:

“Designed by nARCHITECTS, ‘My Micro NY’ is an elegant building distinguished by the creative use of setbacks and subtle changes in the color of the brick cladding. A multi-purpose and transparently-glazed space on the ground floor will be programed for rehearsals, performances, lectures and other creative activities, in addition to a café. Inside, the efficient apartment design includes ample storage, such as a 16’-long overhead loft space and a full-depth closet. Compact kitchens contain a full-height pull-out pantry, a full-height fridge, range, and space for a convection microwave. The property will include amenities that invite resident interaction, such as an attic garden, a ground-floor porch with picnic tables, den areas, and a multi-purpose lounge. Programmed interior space comprises 18 percent of the building’s gross square footage. The building will also have a laundry room, residential storage, a bike room, and fitness space.”

Gander at these exterior and interior renderings of the new micro-units; are the efficient homes up your alley?

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