NEW YORK’S FIRST MICRO-APARTMENT BUILDING OFFERS ALL-INCLUSIVE LIVING EXPERIENCE

Dec 12, 2015 by

 

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in 2013, the modular scheme — designed by nARCHITECTS — won a competition aimed at introducing additional choices within new york’s housing market. on-site construction began in march 2015, with work scheduled to take less than a year to complete.

 

 

on-site construction began in march 2015
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the ‘ollie’ program, which takes its name from its ‘all inclusive’ design, offers residents a range of integrated services. alongside the furnished modular living units, inhabitants have access to housekeeping and gym amenities. in addition, units will receive a weekly clean, which includes linens changed, beds made, groceries stocked, and laundry and dry cleaning dropped off or returned.

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the entrance of one of the furnished living units
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additional features include a virtual doorman, juliet balconies, access to a resident lounge and outdoor terrace, a laundry room, and bike storage facilities. any packages residents receive will be handled by the virtual doorman system, where deliveries are left in a secured room for residents to retrieve at their convenience.

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each unit has a kitchen and a combined living and sleeping space
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as apartments smaller than 400 square feet are not currently permitted in new york city, the mayor’s office waived certain zoning regulations to allow the scheme to be developed. the architects believe that the modular nature of the design means that it can be adapted to a range of different sites. ‘carmel place’ is set to officially open in early 2016.

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juliet balconies are found within each residence
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the space arranged for sleeping accommodation
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the fully equipped kitchen
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the kitchen table can be extended to seat up to five people
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units will receive a weekly clean as an additional building service
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the nine-storey scheme comprises 55 units
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‘carmel place’ is expected to open in early 2016
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individual units prepared off-site
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on-site construction
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on-site construction
carmel place micro apartments new york ollie housing model designboom
on-site construction

2 Comments

  1. 400 Sa ft is big by European standards.

    • What Europe is that ? In Sweden f.ex. each dwelling has to offer a min.18 m2 bedroom/person plus all other social areas like bath.kitch.Living,eat, storage. Figure it out…this describes the standard of living.
      This is crazy and only increases profits for developers, cramming in “solitaries” like sardines. This will exacerbate loneliness, anxiety and a socially poor fabric…in the name of greed. Why do you think the US has so many mass shootings and other craziness ? The remedy is not Obama’s gun confiscation. It is a better social policy and better education for all without socialism. (PS: I am an architect )

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