STATEN ISLAND: SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

VILLAS ON THE WATERFRONT // The residenceson site A of the Homeport Design Competition aresituated to fully engage the waterfront setting andviews. Each unit is offset from the next in a staggeredpattern along the waterfront, arranged in a point-accessconfiguration. The staggering, combined with avolumetric shifting of the building masses, results in a‘special and spatial’ feel that transforms the regularspacing of the units into a series of unique privateenvironments. The setbacks further provide naturalshading, allowing the green roofs to be pulled downinto the building in a series of ‘green zones’, creatingvisual pleasure, maximum insulation and breathability.

MATERIALS & SYSTEMS // The sustainable approach to the design employs anintegrated series of systems as well as a choice of green materials requiring lowmaintenance, low energy use, high recycled content, and low environmental impact.Cladding is a combination of a high performance terra-cotta rain-screen system and anFSC certified natural wood siding. A geothermal heating and cooling system provides anoff-the-grid energy source, along with wind turbines and photo-voltaic walls on the southfacades. To complement these systems, the buildings’ massing maximizes naturalcross-ventilation as well as natural interior day lighting, while the ‘green zones’ providenatural summer shading.

SMART LANDSCAPE // The idea of the ‘villa on the waterfront’ is also expressed in thecontinuation of the building massing in the immediate landscape patterns. The landscapeis articulated as a set of strips with different textures (grasses, plants, gravel paths, bushystrips, etc.), this provides a stunning pattern and color shift in the landscape. Even more, apractical function lies in the ecological program: water retention, filtering, and stormwater management are facilitated by the pattern. The grounds also include recreationalfunctions, playgrounds, parking and wind turbines. The landscape concept extends intothe buildings in the form of suspended gardens emanating from green roofs, penetratingthe public spaces (staircases, terraces) in the residences at opportune moments.

INFO

Project Type:  Sustainable Housing

Location: Staten Island, NY

Design: Archi-Tectonics

Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam

Project Lead: Brian Holland

Project Team: David Barr, Ivo De Jeu, Thomas Barry, Patrick Wong, Bittor Sanchez, Monty Foreman

 

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