My Micro NY (Competition)

nARCHITECTS’ My Micro NY, with Monadnock Development and the Actors Fund HDC, is the winning proposal in the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development’s adAPT NYC competition. My Micro NY will be the first micro-unit apartment building on a City-owned site and the first multi-unit Manhattan building using modular construction. The project focuses on quality and livability through features that highlight the use of space, light, and air, such as 9’-10” floor-to-ceiling heights and juliet balconies. By incorporating setbacks as a governing design logic, My Micro NY could in principle be adapted to many sites, at a range of heights and floor area ratios, and at nearly any location in a block. The 55 micro-units, ranging from 250 to 370 square feet, achieve affordability for low- and middle-income households without any direct City subsidy or financing, in part through its use of modular design to significantly shorten project schedule.