See a prefab apartment building built bit by bit (video)

A new video shows construction on the Stack, a prefabricated housing structure going up in Inwood.

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The Stack being built in Inwood

The Stack being built in Inwood Photograph: Courtesy Fast Company's Co.Design

Earlier this year, construction began on the Stack, a prefabricated apartment building in Inwood designed by the architecture firm Gluck+. To raise the structure, 28 apartments were created off-site in Pennsylvania, trucked to NYC and assembled piece by piece, according to The New York Times. Sounds cool, right? 


Now you can actually get a glimpse of how the Stack is coming together: Fast Company magazine's Co.Design blog has a time-lapse video of the modular, boxy apartments being placed on one another, sort of like a puzzle. The project is expected to take about nine months to finish. The video is embedded below.


The Stack is just one example of prefab housing coming to New York City in the near(ish) future: A modular building will go up on East 27th Street as part of Mayor Bloomberg's adAPT NYC competition, and what's purported to be the world's largest prefab housing project will be part of the Atlantic Yards complex in Brooklyn (assuming, of course, that happens anytime soon—a lawsuit has been filed to block construction). If you're curious to see how one of these small apartments might look, check out the Museum of the City of New York exhibit "Making Room"—it features a life-size model of a microapartment, similar to those you might find in a prefab building.



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