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The Micro Unit, New York, NY, Architect, January 2013.

Making Room, New Models for Housing New Yorkers at the Museum of the City of New York in 2013 featured a full sized Micro Unit with architecture by Amie Gross Architects. Furniture/interior design was by Clei, Resource Furniture and Pierluigi Colombo. The exhibition a co-presentation with the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Council, offered new insights into how our changing social, economic and cultural lives are re-shaping our housing needs. Visitors to the exhibition were able to inhabit this full sized studio apartment of 325 square feet to understand that a small space can indeed be spacious.

This 325 square foot studio designed for a single person or couple allows for the range of activities we associate with “home”. The studio’s L shape moves the bathroom out of view and allows for a spacious kitchen where full meals can be prepared. The wide living/sleeping/study area culminates at the terrace. This outdoor room expands the space of the apartment while increasing the sustainable elements inherent in an efficient space by maximizing sunlight and fresh air.

The design of the unit creates spaces that celebrate both the active and quiet occurrences of dwelling. The change in ceiling heights and flooring materials, the strategic placement of walls, and the various types of lighting all contribute to creating discrete spaces for living and fully complies with the scores of regulations set by the over 6 regulatory bodies that apply to the design of housing in New York City.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Amie Gross, AIA / AB Architecture, 1975