Waterfront Sustainable Housing Proposal for Staten Island, NY.
The project deploys an integral system of architecture and landscape which adapts to engage each of the specific edge conditions of the site. It creates a public edge of retail storefronts and a farmer’s market along the Water Street pedestrian promenade, a high-density row of urban housing at Front Street and a lower-density grouping of ‘garden villas’ at the waterfront esplanade.
Recessed parking under the landscape further reduces visual pollution. At the farmer’s market, a dynamic pavilion structure emerges from the folded landscape and opens itself toward the water, creating a flexible public space for residents and visitors alike. The market is intended to operate year-round, and so includes an indoor space for permanent market vendors and an open outdoor pavilion for more informal, seasonal market activities.
The sustainable approach to the design employs an integrated series of systems as well as a choice of green materials requiring low maintenance, low energy use, high recycled content and low environmental impact. Cladding is a combination of a high performance terra-cotta rain-screen system and an FSC certified natural wood siding. A geothermal heating and cooling system provides an off-the-grid energy source, along with wind turbines and photo-voltaic walls on the south facades. To complement these systems, the buildings’ massing maximizes natural cross ventilation as well as natural interior daylighting.