This is the winner of the adAPT NYC contest to design a tiny apartment for the city.

Currently, no residence can be smaller than 450 feet square feet, but the city will relax the rules for this new design.

The unit features a 70 cubic-foot kitchen with a fold-down counter.

It also has storage loft, and a bathroom (the bathroom is also where you’ll find a closet).

The plan is now to install the apartments in a city-owned building in the Kips Bay neighborhood.

The city has 1.8 million one- and two-person households, but only one million studio and one-bedroom apartments. Can the addition of this new smaller apartment close that gap?

2013-01-22

Co.Exist

Take A Look At New York's New Smallest Apartment

The city today unveiled the winner of a contest to design livable tiny apartments to expand studio-scale housing in the Big Apple.

Despite the fact that there are already 1.6 million people squeezed onto a 23-square-mile island, people keep flocking to Manhattan, pushing the limits of the city’s housing stock. You can only build upward so much before you need to start thinking of other solutions if you want to find a place for everyone.

This summer, the mayor’s office announced the adAPT NYC competition, for designers to create a new kind of New York apartment that takes up less space than the current 450-square-foot legal space limit for a dwelling. Today, adAPT NYC announced the winner, which you can see above.

The unit features a 70 cubic-foot kitchen with a fold-down counter, a storage loft, and a bathroom (the bathroom is also where you’ll find a closet). The plan is now to install the apartments in a city-owned building in the Kips Bay neighborhood.

The city has 1.8 million one- and two-person households, but only one million studio and one-bedroom apartments, so the hope is that new design solutions like these tiny apartments will ease some of that tension.

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  • Lynn

    Price point? Affordable for one person? By affordable I mean under $100,000. Are they renting or selling? I would live there if I lived alone in NYC. Why not? Who needs so much room? You can only use one at a time.

  • Theresa LoRusso Merrill

    Again no mention of sustainability, alternate power or anything to make these unique other than a cute box. Can we please start incorporating some real tech and solutions into design. Come on US we are so behind in this.

  • Emily Brewes

    They could either reduce size or have a slightly bigger kitchen by making a smaller 'total shower' bathroom.

  • Emily Brewes

    Anything in particular that sparks your ire about them? Poor design? I'm interested since I've only seen pictures but never used one.

  • mtumba djibouti

    i LOVE them! everything is easy to clean and there's no horrible fungus and soap scum-ridden shower curtain to clean ---- or infect you....

  • Juno

    Intelligent folks flock to beautiful and historic Philadelphia. Has the best transit, isn't bankrupt and corrupt and disgusting, it's just better.

    Those who are total idiots and just stupid and have no taste, go to crap ny.