In an attempt to subvert the challenges associated with construction in a New York City co-op building, “Penthouse in a Box” employs alternative tactics to avoid potential delays and conflict with the ultimate goal of imbuing the residence with the history of its production.

The fabrication of the penthouse will consist of the off-site manufacturing of two modular units: Steel frame shells will be constructed and outfitted with all specified wall systems, millwork and fixtures. Manufactured in Illinois and conforming to the allowable shipping width for flatbed travel, the cargo will be delivered to Port of Elizabeth, NJ and upon arrival, will be dressed in a transport cradle. Pending final permits from the New York City Department of Cranes and Derricks, the modules will be carried via helicopter to their Manhattan location. Anchorage to the existing building will fall on nine structural transfer points prepared prior to delivery.

With this method of fabrication and installation, the physical impact to the existing building is substantially reduced. Prior to delivery of the components, the transfer points, stair, and the extended service rough-ins are secured. This site work can occur inconspicuously within the span of a week; rather than scaffolding hovering above the sidewalk for months, traffic is re-routed for a few hours. The simple task of splicing the plumbing risers, turning the valve, and adding water is all that remains.

Project Team: Aaron Neubert, Mike Jacobs