SMALL LOTS MUTI-FAMILY HOUSE DEVELOPMENT MANHATTAN, NY
PROGRAM: 5800 SF, 5 RESIDENTIAL UNITS Status: COMPETITION, FINALIST AND DESIGN PROGRESS team: kANE AUD IN COLLABORATION WITH ANAWAN 101
the PROJECT WAS PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SPONSORED BY NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS TO BUILDING ON EXISTING SMALL LOTS OWNED BY THE CITY. Our design proposal focused on creating a toolkit of practical and sustainable solutions to the reach the goal of creating additional affordable housing units on the difficult sites in New York City. Our design is focused on 5 core ideas. 1. URBAN GARAGE By introducing a common ground floor area we are proposing a shared space for community uses. 2. CROSS CONNECTION TO LIGHT AND FRESH AIR: Our design for the residential units focuses on maximizing the creation of fully open floor plans connected from the street side to the rear yard taking advantage of natural cross ventilation and southern solar heat gain to each unit. 3. MASS TIMBER CONSTRUCTION: Our design proposes the use of Mass Timber as the main structural system for the overall building above the concrete ground floor level to take advantage of the repetition and modularity of mass timber prefabrication. 4. PROJECT GREENING: Our design proposes the introduction of landscape into the units by integrating full length porches for every unit with integrated planters and growing trellis. These elements will provide solar shading and allow space planting opportunities at each unit. 5. ADAPTABLE UNIT CONFIGURATIONS: Our proposal allows for a variety of mixed unit types based on the needs of the residents in the building. to address the replicability goals OUR project is designed to be readily adaptable to other small lots throughout the city.