The building creates exceptionally livable, but efficiently sized, apartments by building individual units in groups of two. Forty Tandem pairs make eighty private microunits, each pair linked along a prefabricated wall of shared structure, services, storage, and furniture.
Within the building, a system of interconnected common spaces is arranged so that amenities are distributed redundantly in a three-floor pattern. This means that every apartment is at most one floor away from a laundry room, meeting room, or lounge. This distribution, and staircases built with straight runs across three floors, encourages stair use for local movement inside Tandem.
Client: Kips Bay Partners
Location: Manhattan, NY
Program: Housing, Community Facilities
Size: 35,000 sf
Proposed on January 23rd, 2013
Team: Buro Happold, Community Solutions, Forsyth Street Advisors, Hamlin Ventures, KSK Construction, Rogers Marvel Architects