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Check Out CO: LifeEdited’s Entry for the adAPT NYC Competition

LifeEdited, as part of a team with Jonathan Rose Companies, Curtis + GinsbergGrimshaw and Scape Studios, was honored to be chosen a finalist for the adAPT NYC Competition. Our design was called CO: Compact, Connected, Complete.

To break down the division of labor: As New York’s preeminent green real estate developer, Jonathan Rose Companies handled the development aspect of the project; Curtis + Ginsburg and Grimshaw were responsible for the building’s architecture; Scape was responsible for landscape design; and LifeEdited did the apartment interiors and a few other aspects of the overall design.

Grimshaw explains the overall architectural layout of the building:

The massing has four components: ground floor retail; micro-units; social and community spaces; and a northern circulation spine. The apartments feature south facing windows and private balconies angled toward the park. Indoor and outdoor communal spaces are sprinkled throughout. The south façade emphasizes light and air for each unit while the east and west facades serve as bookends that bring ample light into the corridors on every floor. The north façade features a green wall system and large windows to bring light into the stairwells.

The interior was designed to function as living room/lounge, bedroom and office. The video below shows the “semi-furnished option” which is outfitted with the Resource Furniture Atoll 000 bed/sofa and Paso table; the latter piece converts from coffee table to dining table for eight. We gave it triple duty by making it part of the workspace.

The building features a “Product Library” where residents can check out items like extra chairs and bulky, not-so-frequently-used items like a stock pot. Other cool features of CO included large terraces and rooms shared by the whole building and a “Potluck Restaurant” where residents could make impromptu dinner parties (or lunch parties we suppose).

The goal of the project was to create a compelling and livable micro-apartment building–and one that could be realized in New York City in today’s real estate climate. Having been chosen as finalists amongst a deep and very talented pool of competitors, we think CO achieved those ends. We were very happy with the end product and though we did not win the competition, elements of CO will sure find their way into future projects.

What do you think of CO? What worked? What didn’t? What more would you add? What would you take away?

  • Kirstjen Lorenz

    Very cool. I would love to live in a space like that.

  • JVenator

    Very inspiring. Would happily rent something like that, and will considering some of these concepts when I move into my next apartment.


    Dear editor: so far I only see dreams and schemes and one-off built examples.
    Where would I be able to buy or rent an apartment like the ones you display on this website?
    This is a bit of a tease, isn’t it?

    • we understand your frustration. unfortunately, these things take years to conceive. even the winner of adAPT won’t have their project up for 2-3 years. we’re actively trying to get something to you. in the meanwhile, we are earnestly trying to inculcate the public in the ways of “less is more”–an idea that really runs counter to the dominant paradigm. i also wrote a post about making your own micro-apartment if you’re really in rush. thanks for the feedback.

  • Joy_F

    This actually reminds me a lot of my apartment in Sasebo, Japan. I lived in 200 feet of space and it was perfect. I sat on tatami mats on the floor, and after a while I was ready for a chair with a back, but I spent the whole contract without buying one. No dishwasher though. 🙂 I love this!

  • di

    A couch and Murphy bed seem redundant. Try a daybed or sofa bed.

  • di

    Built-ins are expensive and may not be versatile for everyone.

  • di

    I’d like an under-counter combination washer/dryer as well.

  • di

    I’m elderly. I cannot rearrange furniture.

  • di

    I’m elderly. I cannot rearrange furniture.

  • Rob

    It would be awesome if you guys could draft these up as tiny house plans.

  • SubZERO23

    I wish this building was actually real!!! I would totally LOVE a place like that!!!