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.