• HIVE 50 CATEGORY: DESIGN


Co-founding principals Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge of Brooklyn, N.Y.–based nARCHITECTS define the firm’s mission by four interrelated issues: economy, resilience, technology, and interaction. The firm’s Carmel Place project—New York City’s first micro-unit apartment building and the winner of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s adAPT NYC competition—was fueled by the city’s need for housing that can accommodate its growing population of one- to two-person households. The building’s 55 modular studio apartments feature oversized windows, tall ceilings, and efficient layouts intended to serve as a benchmark for future micro-housing initiatives. The project’s use of modular construction decreased the street impact of such a major construction project, and sets a precedent for a future in which housing could serve as public infrastructure for viable, sustainable, and walkable cities. narchitects.com/work/carmel-place/