The Real Deal New York

What’s next for modular housing in NYC?

Williamsburg hotel will be made in Poland, shipped to borough where local manufacturers were hoping for growth

September 30, 2015 10:05AM
By Tess Hofmann

Pod Hotel in Williamsburg

Garrison Architects’ rendering of the Pod Hotel in Williamsburg

From the September issue: Modular construction is gaining ground in New York City, but its future here may be determined on distant shores. That’s because after several projects made with locally built modules, the next building, a hotel in Williamsburg, will be constructed with units made in Poland.

Outsourcing construction overseas is a surprising shift, and some skeptics question the logic behind it. But if the experiment is a success, the Williamsburg Pod Hotel could turn modular construction in the city on its head, even as some in the industry were hoping that rising interest could be a boon to homegrown companies making the units. [more]