Despite the touted economy of off-site, prefabricated housing, the building methodology has made limited inroads in New York, stunted for decades by a wary local bureaucracy and a public that seemed to prefer flashy one-off condominiums.
This summer, the interest in prefab is yielding its first real fruits: The Stack, a seven-story, 28-unit apartment building in the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan. The 38,000-square-foot project is the product of a partnership between Peter Gluck, of design/build firm Gluck+, and independent developer Jeffrey Brown, who turned to Berwick, Pa.–based DeLuxe Building Systems to turn out the building’s structural modules.
“We took some inordinate risks,” Brown says. The results are fairly astounding: a contemporary, upscale-looking project with reported cost savings greater than comparable buildings of between 15 percent and 20 percent.
Video courtesy of Gluck+. Still photographs by Christopher Payne.
Ian Volner dodged water buffalo, climbed through a city carved into a cliff, and bathed in freezing-cold and sulphur-stinking waterfalls to bring Architect readers this month’s cover story on the work of Jürgen Mayer H. in the country of Georgia. The adventure, propelled by instant coffee and Georgia’s famed chacha brandy, lasted seven days and took the Manhattan-based writer to nearly every part of the mountain realm. A contributor to Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, among other publications, Volner was last seen abroad in the sunny south of France, writing about the Festival des Architectures Vives design exhibition for Architect online. He’s currently working on his first book project, and looks forward to spending a little time with his cat Lulu and a series of hot showers.