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 is a Manhattan-based writer and frequent ARCHITECT contributor whose work has also been published in Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. He’s currently working on his first book project.