The future is here! The Museum of the City of New York is showcasing life-size exhibits that display the new designs for micro apartments. The exhibit displays compact homes much like the homes already built around the globe in places such as San Diego, Montreal, Seattle, Valencia, and Tokyo. They are 325 square foot apartments. These new apartments will better house the city’s surprising change in its housing needs. Recent years show a large trend toward the need for single person apartments. These new models provide just that.
LaunchPad, the feature part of the exhibit, will give viewers the chance to walk through a full-scale 325 square foot model apartment. Inside you can see the Duravit drop-in tub, a conveniently smaller sized tub designed by Philippe Starck, in addition to the Starck 3 elongated toilet, giving the illusion of a big space, and finally the Sensowash® Shower-toilet, a high-tech multifunction toilet.
Construction will be completed with private donations from Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture, in addition to contributions from Minimal USA, Key Cucine, Bolon, Duravit, Maimax Contracting and Concrete Wall.
Another issue at hand for the population of New York City is housing legislation. Current restrictions do not allow apartments less than 400 square feet in the city. New York has a multifaceted housing debacle. It will require a combination of law and construction to move into the next phase of residency for the city.
Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) Executive Director, Jerilyn Perine, said, “Understanding how our rules have held back housing change will help educate visitors and spur an important discussion of what our future housing should look like and how we can get there.”
These models will potentially ignite a whole wave of change for housing in New York City.
Where: The Museum of the City New York
1220 5th Ave, Manhattan NY 10029