A Home Of One’s Own – Micro-Lofts For Single Adults
Deborah Grossberg Katz
The Micro-Loft typology is designed to satisfy an ever growing population and the need for affordable housing given the high land value within New York City. These units offer a flexible and private space for its inhabitants while doubling the density of the typical NYC residential townhouse lot.
The 232 square-foot Micro-Loft unit typology has a smaller footprint than a typical studio but is much taller, with 15′ floor-to-ceiling height and a large mezzanine.
By adding a five-foot side lot for light and air to a typical 25′ x 100′ New York City lot, 20 “Micro-Loft” are accommodated in this low-rise apartment building.
A typical floor houses five Micro-Lofts arrayed along the length of the building. The stairwell opens onto a common space on each floor with shared building amenities such as a laundry room, children’s play space, and communal work tables.
Large windows on the side-lot facade bring diffuse light into the unit and create passive air circulation. The mezzanine reclaims the space over the hallway to create a larger, lofted room. The 15′ floor-to-ceiling height allows the inhabitant to stand up in both spaces.
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