City Unveils Winner of Tiny-Apartment Competition

With space always at a premium and the number of small households growing, New York finds itself with an increasing need for small, livable apartments. On Tuesday, the city announced the winner of a tiny-apartment design competition — a building of micro-units that, if the rendering is any indication, manage to feel roomy and inviting at less than 400 square feet.

The winning design, “My Micro NY,” will create a building of 55 micro-units each measuring between 250 and 370 square feet, 40 percent of which will be affordable, the mayor’s office said. My Micro NY was submitted to the city’s “adAPT NYC” competition by a team composed of Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation and the firm nARCHITECTS. The apartments feature ceilings nearly 10 feet high and Juliet balconies. The one in the rendering even has an overhead storage space to stash a surfboard.

My Micro NY will also be the first multiunit building in Manhattan using modular construction, the mayor’s office said.

“New York’s ability to adapt with changing times is what made us the world’s greatest city – and it’s going to be what keeps us strong in the 21st century,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “The growth rate for one- and two-person households greatly exceeds that of households with three or more people, and addressing that housing challenge requires us to think creatively and beyond our current regulations.”

The winning proposal and four other finalists, out of a field of 33 submissions, are featured in an exhibit that opens Wednesday at the Museum of the City New York, “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.”

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