Model Home for Living With Less Built in New York City

John Halpern/courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York/Promo image

The comedians at Architizer are having fun with the model apartment built to promote the idea of small space living.

If you’ve ever walked into a New York apartment and thought to yourself, Well, there is just TOO much space in here! get over to the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) and experience your shortest pace-through ever in the dollhouse/storage locker/”apartment” of the future.

John Halpern/courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York/Promo image

It is sort of a lite version of Graham Hill's LifeEdited apartment, with fewer moving parts and probably costing a lot less money. Amie Gross Architects' design is perhaps more accessible than the LifeEdited apartment's strict minimalist aesthetic, with its faux brick wall and cute hot pink bar hidden behind the sliding monster TV. (Why do they need one so big?)

John Halpern/courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York/Promo image

Personally I am not convinced about folding-down Murphy beds like these expensive Resource Furniture ones (LifeEdited has the same one). There are lots of simple fold out beds that work as singles, and sofas, but fold out when needed into double beds. (I once designed one, we called it the "Get Lucky Bed") We covered a few of them on TreeHugger here.

John Halpern/courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York/Promo image

I do like the flip-top table that hides in the kitchen and rolls out to become a dining table that seats four.

John Halpern/courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York/Promo image

Really, it is cute of Architizer to title a post Bloomberg Asks New York’s Singles To Live In Self-Storage, but more and more people are choosing to live alone and this kind of design thinking lets them do it at a more affordable cost, in cities like New York where it might otherwise be impossible.

© Amie Gross Architects

Tags: Less Is More | LifeEdited | New York City

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