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My Micro New York will be the city's tallest modular building

The prefabricated modules of My Micro New York are lifted into place individually
The prefabricated modules of My Micro New York are lifted into place individually
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My Micro New York was announced as the adAPT NYC competition winner in 2013
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My Micro New York was announced as the adAPT NYC competition winner in 2013
My Micro New York is located in the Kips Bay area of New York
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My Micro New York is located in the Kips Bay area of New York
My Micro New York will have a variety of shared amenities for residents, including a gym, a small lounge, a roof terrace, bicycle storage and a garden
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My Micro New York will have a variety of shared amenities for residents, including a gym, a small lounge, a roof terrace, bicycle storage and a garden
The apartments at My Micro New York will range from 250-370 sq ft (23-34 sq m) in area
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The apartments at My Micro New York will range from 250-370 sq ft (23-34 sq m) in area
Each apartment at My Micro New York will feature a compact kitchen, a combined living and sleeping area with a Juliet balcony, a bathroom, a closet and overhead storage space
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Each apartment at My Micro New York will feature a compact kitchen, a combined living and sleeping area with a Juliet balcony, a bathroom, a closet and overhead storage space
My Micro New York will be the tallest modular construction in Manhattan when completed
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My Micro New York will be the tallest modular construction in Manhattan when completed
The prefabricated modules of My Micro New York are lifted into place individually
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The prefabricated modules of My Micro New York are lifted into place individually
The My Micro New York modules were fabricated by Capsys in the Brooklyn Navy Yards
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The My Micro New York modules were fabricated by Capsys in the Brooklyn Navy Yards
As the My Micro New York modules were created off-site, work on-site was also being carried out
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As the My Micro New York modules were created off-site, work on-site was also being carried out
The design process of My Micro New York required rigorous balancing of its space-conscious intention and the eventual aesthetics of the development
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The design process of My Micro New York required rigorous balancing of its space-conscious intention and the eventual aesthetics of the development
My Micro New York is scheduled for completion in December 2016
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My Micro New York is scheduled for completion in December 2016
My Micro New York seeks to maximize the usable area of the apartments through intelligent and efficient design
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My Micro New York seeks to maximize the usable area of the apartments through intelligent and efficient design

Housing space in New York is increasingly at a premium in terms of both demand and cost. A new development, however, will cater for those who don't need a lot of space. Project architect nARCHITECTS says My Micro New York will be the tallest modular construction in Manhattan.

Two years ago, My Micro New York was announced as the the winning proposal of the adAPT NYC competition. The contest was run to help improve the choice within the city's housing market and accommodate its growing population of one- and two-person households. Now, the delivery of the project is well underway.

Tony Saba-Shiber of nARCHITECTS tells Gizmag that the design process required rigorous balancing of the building's space-conscious intention and its eventual aesthetics. Among the limitations were size constraints, code/ setback requirements and modular coordination. Meanwhile, the project is seeking to deliver livability and to maximize the usable area of the apartments through intelligent and efficient design.

Shiber also explains that the modular nature of the project led to a unique construction process. "As the modules were being fabricated by Capsys in the Brooklyn Navy Yards, construction at the site – excavation, foundations, steel structure etcetera - was moving forward in parallel," he says.

Each apartment at My Micro New York will feature a compact kitchen, a combined living and sleeping area with a Juliet balcony, a bathroom, a closet and overhead storage space
Each apartment at My Micro New York will feature a compact kitchen, a combined living and sleeping area with a Juliet balcony, a bathroom, a closet and overhead storage space

Located in the Kips Bay area of New York, the My Micro New York development will have features that highlight the use of space, light and air. When it is complete, there will be 55 micro-units, each ranging from 250-370 sq ft (23-34 sq m) in area.

The apartments will each feature ceiling heights of up to nearly 10 ft (3 m). Squeezed into the space available will be a compact kitchen, a combined living and sleeping area with a Juliet balcony, a bathroom, a closet and overhead storage space.

Residents at My Micro New York will also benefit from a variety of shared amenities. Among these will be a gym, a small lounge, a roof terrace, bicycle storage and a garden.

My Micro New York is scheduled for completion in December 2016.

Source: nARCHITECTS

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