After just 3 years of development and construction, Carmel Place, NYC's first official micro-apartment building, is now complete. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Monadnock Development and the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association announced the opening of the new 55-unit tower offering 260- and 360-square-foot units this morning.
Located at 335 E 27th Street, Carmel Place began as nARCHITECTS’ submission into New York City’s 2013 adAPT NYC competition to find solutions for the city’s growing need for one- and two-person residences. Units range from 250 to 370 square feet in size, and rents start at just $950 a month (for lower income residents). 40 percent of the 55 apartments in the building have been set aside as affordable housing.
“Sometimes big ideas come in small packages,” said Mayor de Blasio. “As New York continues to grow and change, we hear the call for innovative, more efficient homes that match the way New Yorkers live. Micro may not fit everyone, but it’s one of the affordable housing choices we need for a diverse and growing city. I welcome Carmel Place’s new residents to their gleaming new homes – and call on all innovators to keep it up.”
Composed of modular pods that were prefabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the tower took less than one month to stack at the site.
The building is also targeting LEED Silver certification.
“Carmel Place and micro studio apartments are about one thing – choice,” said Kirk Goodrich, VP and Director of Real Estate Development for Monadnock Development. “New Yorkers want as many choices as renters in Hong Kong, Paris, London, Singapore, San Francisco, and other major cities around the world. By successfully re-introducing this apartment type, we have opened an important dialogue around diverse housing typologies that will help us address current and future housing challenges with an expanding array of housing options. This is a vision which Mayor de Blasio, City Planning and the housing agencies shared from day one and is the primary reason why Carmel Place exists.”
Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat.