Portfolio Project Detail

Growing City George Williams and Randy Forson

The site location is in West Village, New York. It is a 737 metres squared plot of land. The current one-story building on the site will be adaptively reused and turned into a restaurant and community events space. The rest of the scheme will organically grow on top of this building.

The project re-imagines the concept of co-living in cities by proposing a modular scheme of affordable 3D printed biodegradable plastic micro flats integrated with urban farming to alleviate the housing crisis in New York. Beyond a physical built form, it aims to provide flexible and adaptable living spaces for a diverse community within West Village that includes young professionals, students, creative freelancers, travelers, digital nomads, couples, families. Some common spaces will be publicly accessible and could offer new community spots with activities and events for the locals, such as older residents.

The scheme includes public and commercial spaces on the ground floor, and private micro flats and communal spaces stacked up on top of each other to increase density on the site. All parts of the micro flats would be prefabricated and stored off site, with most residents assembling and building their flats themselves within the loadbearing framework on site. This enables to considerably drive down labour costs which in turn enables low cost renting and leasing whilst meeting the modern comfort requirements of the residents. The 3D printing process used to manufacture elements of the scheme means less energy is required during construction (Low-embodied carbon). Plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other services built right into the structure to also reduce the time and cost of construction. The standard micro-flats will come with most furniture integrated into them. They are designed to be able to be joined and re-configured to create larger cabins depending on the number of people they will need to accommodate. Amenities such as kitchens, laundry rooms, working spaces, meditation and yoga room and gym will be communal whilst the restaurant on the ground floor will be open to the public. The restaurant will be run by residents using produce from the urban farm on site and it will also be a reconfigurable space for public and community events to generate revenue for maintenance.