The purpose of this research is to explore the redefinition of the American home through the analysis of prefabricated apartment options and the design of prototypical micro dwellings for multi-unit hyper-urbanized living. The rapid growth of one- and two-person households has expanded the market for micro-units, facilitating the need for homes that are more harmonious with the individual’s needs. The goal is to develop apartments that are transformative while maintaining a level of comfort by adapting to a variety of lifestyle adjustments. Trends in micro living were examined in order to identify the most desirable characteristics for a series of compact residences. Case studies served as the initial method of data collection, and consisted of qualitative and quantitative analysis of midrise multi-family residences that are dimensionally 450 square feet, or less. These residences also served as the template for the unit aggregation. Designs were developed based on prefabrication methods in which structural and material assemblies provided maximum post-occupancy adaptability. The final configuration was aggregated into a vertical urban community featuring a wide range of social and economic diversity. This would allow for varied spatial experiences through the incorporation of distinct unit arrangements and size facilitated by a combination of modules that are dimensionally 21 x 9 and 6 x 9 square feet respectively. The result is a high density arrangement that incorporates the attributes of a city; close proximity to ones’ neighbors, while maintaining comfort; flexibility of home, and various communal spaces as well as other amenities.
The purpose of this research is to explore the design of prototypical micro apartments for multi-unit living in hyper urbanized areas. Case studies served as the initial method of data collection, and consisted of qualitative and quantitative analysis of midrise multi-family residences, comprised of apartments 450 square feet or less. Final unit designs were developed based on prefabrication methods in which structural and material assemblies provided maximum post-occupancy adaptability. Apartment typologies targeted attributes of compactness, flexibility, and unit aggregation for changing family lifestyles.