Modular building thinks outside the box
NEW YORK — A seven-storey structure in Manhattan is billed as New York City’s first multistorey, modularbuilt apartment building to open to renters.
Called the Stack, the building aims to show stackable apartments can save builders time and money but modular doesn’t have to mean boring. Its chunky front embraces its building-block roots, but the interiors have varied floor plans.
Studios start at about $1,600 a month and threebedrooms go for $3,700.
Modular construction — assembling a building from prefabricated sections instead of building from scratch on-site — has been around for decades, but interest has grown. The world’s tallest modular building, a 32-storey apartment tower, is rising in Brooklyn.
The Stack has 28 apartments formed from 59 modules of rectangular components.
Developer Jeffrey M. Brown tours an apartment in The Stack, which is mean to show modular isn’t boring.