Mo­du­lar build­ing thinks out­side the box

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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.

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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.

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