Adapt microunit Housing

Kips Bay, Manhattan, New York


Full Spectrum of NY

Project Team

Frederic Schwartz Architects, Architect
Integral Group, Sustainability and Engineering Consultant

Project Description

This 38,000sf building in Kips Bay was designed as a proposal for NYC HPD’s adAPT RFP, as a new model for sustainable micro-unit residential housing. Our design consisted of 47 residential micro-units with ground-level commercial and community space. In response to the compact size of the micro-unit apartments (between 250 and 350sf), we designed the building to provide a diverse range of both indoor and outdoor amenity spaces for tenants. A rooftop greenhouse was designed as a residential amenity space, while also functioning as a passive solar collector providing pre-warmed fresh air to common areas during the winter. This same warm air would help improve efficiencies of rooftop mechanical equipment, reducing the building’s energy load. In addition, the south facade was designed with Building-Integrated Photovoltaics to generate year-round electricity onsite.