Blesso Properties, Bronx Pro, James McCullar and Hollwich Kushner's (HWKN) gorgeous green prismatic tower was named a finalist in Bloomberg’s adAPT NYC competition, which has asked architects to design an innovative micro-apartment complex model for the growing population of New York City. The tower, called Max, combines small apartment living with an abundance of public and activity spaces, including unique roof amenities. Although the design was not chosen as the winner, Max is currently on show at the Museum of the City of New York’s “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers” exhibition.
Max flips the traditional skyscraper model — instead of high priced penthouses at the building’s crown, the top floors are a green “hat” accessible to all of the residents, encouraging them to socialize and enjoy their home. The tiered rooftop includes a few roof gardens with grass, trees and plants that climb up to the building’s peak. Wood patios offer residents gorgeous views of the city, a place to barbecue and sunning areas centered around a rooftop hot tub.
Inside, Max would have 56 micro apartments at just 250 square feet each. Each unit comes with a built-in bed, sofa and storage, and is built out in one of four layouts.
Packed with amenities, an in-house gym combines machines as well as indoor rock climbing and yoga, and the cozy basement level holds a bar, lounge areas and fun games such as chess. The green roof connects residents to the surrounding park.
While the gorgeous and livable Max may not come to fruition under Bloomberg’s initiative, it does provide a residential model able to meet New York’s current and future housing needs and demands.