Architects Gluck+, a NYC-based architecture firm, is using a unique style of construction to build Broadway Stack, a new residential apartment complex at 4857 Broadway in Manhattan, New York. GLUCK+ won a Bloomberg-sponsored competition that challenged architects to design micro-units using prefabrication to solve the city’s housing shortage. Dating back to the early 1920s, prefab construction has not gained traction until recently. This technique forces architects to make design decisions ahead of time; pieces are factory-made, shipped to the construction site and built much like a Lego house. This method is gaining popularity across metropolitan areas because it is more efficient and cuts down on on-site operations. From beginning to end, the entire process takes ten months, a full six months less than traditional methods. Broadway Stack residents will be able to move into these moderately priced apartments by October of this year.
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