Bloomberg BusinessWeek has an interesting article today on Via Verde, a new affordable housing complex in the Bronx. The complex has 222 apartments and will be a mix of rental and for-sale units. The truly interesting thing however is the design and amount of roof space incorporated into this building. This quote in particular paints a great image of what life will be like for those in the building:
“Via Verde’s most remarkable amenity is its multilevel roofscape, most of which is open to all residents. I can’t imagine anyone — especially children — who wouldn’t want to scale the bleachers leading up from the play area to take in the expansive views among rooftop trees. Or clamber higher to tend vegetables, helped by the nonprofit GrowNYC. Residents will also harvest an annual Christmas tree from the grove of firs.”
In addition to all this, the units were all constructed to maximize the flow of fresh air, and heavily insulated so that AC use will be minimal. The building also features a large number of solar panels to reduce overall energy consumption. Overall, this building seems like it will be a great step forward in the area and help to promote an energy efficient, active lifestyle.
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