This short-term business residence presents micro-units of 40 m2, 50 m2, and 60 m2 . By pulling layers of typical housing towers in opposing directions, the units maintain their size but are stretched into favorable proportions with views and daylight on both sides, excellent cross-ventilation, and a strong sense of community through the central courtyard, roof terraces, and play pods. The position of the stretched layers create continuity of the building’s concrete- encased steel mega-brace that encircles the courtyard. The mega-brace supports a shelf-like matrix of walls and floor slabs that define each unit. The units are inserted into each shelf as wooden shells with a bathroom on one side and a kitchen on the other. A movable wall shifts within defining a bedroom or a living room. The wall includes a bed, nightstands, couch, television mount, task lights, and storage. The interior and exterior facades are composed of frameless IGUs.
REX is an internationally-acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture. REXâ€™s think-tank of 30 designers, hailing from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, is led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, who was founding partner of OMA New York--the American affiliate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas--until he rebranded that firm as REX in 2006. Seminal projects include the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas; the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Seattle Central Library--all opened to critical acclaim, including American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Awards in 2005 and 2011.