Project published in Form&Data Collective Housing Projects: An Anatomical Review
February 28, 2017
The need to provide affordable housing for the growing single population of NYC led to the Housing Department holding public tenders for projects in different sites. These were programmes for rental apartments less than 40 m2 in size with the provision of additional communal services. In Carmel Place, by nARCHITECTS, the solution chosen was high-rise construction using factory-built containers stacked with no load-bearing structure and a total build height of 8 floors plus ground floor. The form is the result of the combination of the stacking process and the adaptation to the maximum gross floor area permitted for the site. The setback of the units facilitates the insertion of circulation elements on the north side and the adaptation to the characteristics of the plot. The assembly process replaces the construction process and the options for reversibility are an added benefit of standardization. In this case, the end result is 55 modules, of between 24 and 33 m2, with a communal terrace on the eighth floor.
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