The studio focused on socioeconomic factors and sustainability in the design of housing solutions to alleviate the current housing crisis in New York City. Seeking to address complex and multi-layered urban contexts with attention to urban density and morphology, we are proposing new dwelling models for living today, pushing the boundary of the current outdated legal dwelling unit.

We studied various precedents and were interested in the philosophy of the baugruppen which promotes shared amenities and co-living, something most New Yorkers are familiar with, as well as ownership and equity, something foreign to most New Yorkers. We have attempted to take this dwelling philosophy and translate it into something that is accessible in the dense urban environment.

New York is facing a persistent housing crisis. Conventional efforts have proved ineffective. New approaches and ideas are required to holistically address this issue. The current available studio and 1-bedroom units hover around 1 million while the demand has soared to 1.8 million single New Yorkers. We attempted to address this discrepancy through the analysis of space and focused on reducing the costliest elements of the housing unit: i.e. kitchen and bathroom services.

During the design process we thought about an individual dwelling unit and how a modern dweller inhabits and shares that space. We concluded that when the minimum requirements of space per person are shared, we can achieve a 2-bedroom unit that has a kitchen and living area approximately the same size as a typical New York City apartment. This design is the “Double Barrel Micro Unit”.

Taking the idea if minimum space requirements to the extreme we developed the “Pod Unit.” Reducing private space down to the level of a large piece of furniture we aggregate these pod units into an open living space we call the “Pod Loft Unit”.

Through shared amenities and an embrace of public spaces we seek a different model for resident-ownership while maintaining significant savings, and an overall higher quality product, at a price that we can afford. Can we work to end housing scarcity through a model of collective abundance?

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