Via Verde — The Green Way

Via Verde – The Green Way, is an affordable, sustainable residential development comprising 222 apartments in three distinct building types—a 20-story tower at the north end of the site, a 6- to 13-story mid-rise duplex apartment component in the middle, and 2- to 4-story townhouses to the south. The project was the winning entry in the international New Housing New York Legacy Competition, sponsored New York City HPD, the AIA New York, NYSERDA and Enterprise Community Partners. It reflects a public commitment to create the next generation of social housing and seeks to provide a setting for healthy, sustainable living.

A dynamic garden serves as the organizing element and spiritual identity for the community. The garden begins at ground level as a courtyard and then spirals upwards through a series of programmed, south-facing roof gardens, creating a promenade for residents. A terrace and community room at the top floor of the tower offers dramatic views to the south. The multifunctional gardens create opportunities for active gardening, fruit and vegetable cultivation, passive recreation and social gathering, while also providing the benefits of storm water control and enhanced insulation. The building takes the form of a “tendril,” rising from grade to the tower, enclosing the courtyard and emphasizing a relationship to the natural world.

A main point of entry leads to residential lobbies and townhouse entries located around a courtyard. The ground floor features retail, a community health center, and live-work units, creating a lively street presence. Above the main entrance overlooking the street and courtyard are resident community spaces, including a fitness center. The top floor of the tower contains a multipurpose community room with access to a terrace and spectacular views.

With 300,00sf total, 277,000sf Residential, 11,000sf commercial/community and 34,000sf green roof space, Via Verde – The Green Way will set new standards for the sustainable design of affordable housing. The complex is designed to achieve a LEED NC Gold Rating.

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