#013 XL

The Table Top Super Block and Tower

1st Prize Winner
New York Housing Challenge People’s Choice, AIA New York Chapter

What: Multi-Unit Housing

Size: Varies

Client: NY Build 2017, Vividly

Status: Concept 2017

Team: Lap Chi Kwong, Alison Von Glinow

Description: The Table Top Apartments uses a system of modules based on the form of stacking table tops to generate towers with setbacks and cascading balconies, and even superblocks. This table top system is not only flexible to accommodate the various lot sizes of New York City, but is also adaptable to various unit combinations, providing diversity within the housing. The Table Top Apartments emerges from the use of a few simple modular elements which aggregate to create a new mode of living between the inhabitants, their neighbors and the public. The post-and-slab units stack and aggregate, to form different combinations of unit-types, emphasizing the project’s assertion that diversity paired with density makes for a healthy and sustainable living environment. A simple storefront glazing system mediates between the interior of the units and the exterior, while private spaces and bathrooms are enclosed in wood cabinets. The use of three different unitary shapes, which are deliberately misaligned when stacked, create apertures in the slab between units. The resulting balconies creates a space for public circulation, bringing in light and air. The spatial juxtapositions of the Table Top Apartments generate a new way of living in housing that is dense, diverse, open, and light.

Table Top Apartment street view

View of Table Top Superblock with retail on ground level.

Table Top Apartment diagrams

Three unitary shapes form the basis of the unit modules.

Table Top Apartment plans

Plan showing (3) two-bedroom units,(1)single-bedroom unit, and (2) studio units.

Table Top Apartment rendering

View toward shared vertical courtyards that bring light and air to all of the apartment units.

Table Top Apartment rendering

View between apartment units with shared balcony and circulation areas.

Table Top Apartment rendering

Interior of a 1-bedroom apartment

Table Top Apartment street view

View of cascading balconies

Table Top Apartment street view

Table Top Apartment Tower, Manhattan

Table Top Apartment street view

Table Top Apartment Tower, Brooklyn