The Table Top Apartments uses a system of modules based on the form of stacking table tops to generate affordable housing on infill sites throughout NYC.


Three unitary shapes - a circle, square, and rectangle - define each table top. These modular elements form the structure of the unit: columns and slabs.


The table top modules aggregate to form an ever changing geometry that by design brings light and air down to all levels and units.


At its smallest unitary scale, each table top module fits within the typical 25’ wide lot, bringing in light on all sides, while maintaining privacy.


The use of three different shapes, which are deliberately misaligned when stacked, creates apertures in the slab between units. These vertical atriums serve as interior light wells and circulation space for the residents.


Space for circulation to access each unit can be used informally by residents similar to a front porch.


The Table Top Apartments creates a new mode of living between the inhabitants, their neighbors, and the public.


The system of modules can generate 4-story walk-ups, towers with setbacks and cascading balconies, and even superblocks.


As the units aggregate next to one another, they naturally form atriums between floor levels, bringing in light and air between all units on all levels.