Modular construction is by no means new to New York City. Neither are small apartment units (see: 90-square foot apartment). But Carmel Place is proof that modular and micro-unit construction can be successfully rolled into one building in the middle of Manhattan.
The $17 million, nine-story structure slated to open in February will be the city’s tallest modular building and first apartment complex comprised entirely of micro units. But unlike older buildings with funky apartment layouts wrapped around airshafts and dumbwaiters, the Monadnock Development project maximizes the efficiency of its tiny quarters by being the first micro building in the city built with modern design in mind.
“And by modern design I mean having simple things like an adequate amount of electrical outlets in the room,” Tobias Oriwol of Monadnock Construction told us, “or big, clean walls to put a TV on and space for a queen-size bed or dining room table. Our units are small but comfortable and easily furnishable, which is something that is unique in the city.”
The 55-unit project formally known as My Micro NY will offer market-rate rents ranging from $2,650 to $3,150 for apartments with an average of 304-square-feet.
A 750-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in New York City currently rents for approximately $3,400.
Designed by nARCHITECTS, the building has several common areas such as a gym, small lounge, community room, shared roof terrace, bicycle and tenant storage and an outdoor garden. Most of the floor plans in Carmel Place feature about 240-square-feet of open living space as well as a 30-square-foot bathroom and 30-square-foot vestibule. Twenty-five units come furnished complete with the Murphy bed-sofa combo seen below.
“Much of the project focuses on livability of a space despite size limitations,” nARCHITECTS Designer Tony Saba-Shiber told us via email, “and maximizing usable area through intelligent and efficient design.”