Working with the real estate development group, ALMAT, we designed a 190-unit-affordable housing mixed-use complex on the same block as the Grant Avenue Subway stop in Cypress Hill, Brooklyn. The project is in response to a RFP released by the Department of Housing Preservation that requested modular design as a means of providing high quality and affordable housing.
Three fully-ADA-compliant buildings include a community space, a rooftop garden, and public outdoor active space. Together, they serve senior citizens, formerly homeless individuals, and households that fall between 30% to 80% Area Medium Income (AMI).
This project will also serve as an anchor for the surrounding urban fabric. The interior courtyard defines an urban path that connects the community to Robert E. Venable Park, Conduit Boulevard, and the local commercial corridor on Liberty Avenue.
Using only a few modular dimensions and types, the building provides a range of apartment types from studio, one, two, and three bedrooms with different layouts.
Community members expressed their desire to have active space for fitness and communal gatherings. Private outdoor space for residents to create a sense of security. Public walkways with seating open up the courtyard welcoming neighbors.
Modular construction requires careful logistical planning for shipment and installation. Our previous work with modular housing includes the prototype adDAPT and eighty modular homes that have been constructed for NYC’s Build It Back. This work informs the fabrication, staging, and installation methods for Grant Avenue Commons.