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The AltaView Healthy Living Community proposes a balanced, sustainable coexistence of nature and architecture, smart urban design and building typologies: an autonomous, multi-layered, mixed-use program that fosters new forms of wellness, living, working and leisure, as well as a sense of community and connectedness, even if members of the family are health-compromised.

The radial plan characteristic of the existing landmark buildings forms the new center of our development; easily accessible, beautifully paved, park-like, car free, and set in luscious green gardens. Around the center is a ring of smaller parks and sports facilities and a band of commercial activity. The last ring of the development is the residential community with hydroponic glass houses, farms, and community gardens.

As an alternative to Staten Island’s dominant car-centric transportation model, AltaView offers emissions-free modes of transport for connectivity to key destinations on the island. Cars will be directed to parking areas integrated below the landscape. A network of pedestrian walkways, bicycle paths and hiking trails invites active movement within the site and to adjacent points of interest.

Water rills are placed strategically throughout the site to collect storm-water runoff and divert it to on-site bio-swales and reflecting pools where the water volume can be attenuated and cleansed before moving off-site. A number of remaining occupied historic buildings are to be preserved, rehabilitated where necessary, and upgraded with new services as needed.

Newly developed residential areas of AltaView follow their own distinctive pattern. These stacked green flats follow the natural incline in the site, allowing for environmentally friendly green roofs and generous outdoor space. Each residential area is equipped with underground parking and a small sub center with local amenities in the adapted landmark buildings.

Residential types range from detached multi-family cottages and terrace houses to loft apartments, full-service condominium residences with extensive amenities and assisted living. This flexibility of housing arrangements allows for co-living of family members, adaptation to different life stages, or live-work arrangements, creating long-term stability and value.

Credits

Year: DDC Commission 2017
Location: Staten Island, NY
Client: BFC Partners
Project Type: 90 Acre Masterplan with Healthcare & Wellness, Educational, Commercial & Residential
Size: Overall park: 90 acre | Newly built area: 2,000,000 sf | Gut renovation / restoration: 45,000 sf
Design Team: Principal in Charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: Justin Korhammer | Archi-Tectonics Team: Dishan Shah, Tiago Santos, Sarah Laulan, Clara Sonet
Consultants: Landscape Design: !melk | Transport Planning: Mobility in Chain
Renders and Drawings: Archi-Tectonics | Mobility in Chain | !melk
Architect of Record: V+B Architecture / Urban Planning, LLP
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