Located between 1st Avenue and Mt. Carmel Place adjacent to a small park, the 11-story building will be made up of 65 units, of which 55 will be studio apartments, when complete. With apartment sizes ranging from just 260 to 360 square feet, nARCHITECTS focused on maximizing flexibility in the homes by centering them around a “toolbox” featuring a kitchen, bathroom and storage space and a “canvas”, which will serve as the main living area.
The dwellings will also incorporate transforming furniture that will allow the canvas to double as a bedroom at night. The apartments will also boast 9′-10′ ceilings and Juliet balconies as well as amenities like a rooftop garden, communal loungers, an in-building laundry room, bike storage, a cafe and a gym.
Carmel Place will be New York City’s first building composed entirely of prefabricated, micro-apartments. The modular units that make up the development were fabricated by Monadnock sister company Capsys at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and will be transported to the construction site gradually over the next few weeks. The first modules are already in place. Monadnock estimates that the decision to use prefab construction will cut the project’s timeline by about half while also saving 5%-8% in construction costs.
Carmel Place is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.