Innovativ(E+) Ideas -In order to create buildings that complement the adjacent garden area, the project team proposed elements allowing vegetation to grow vertically upon the housing structure.
Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
Architecture, Mechanical Design, & Energy Consulting:
ZeroEnergy Design, PC
Landmark Structures Corporation
DeVellis Zrein, Inc.
Conservation Services Group
- 12,837 sqft Residential
- Duplex + Triplexes
- Raised beds, pea patches, fruit orchard
Art Park/Public Open Spaces
- Events centered around participatory art with a focus on the local community cultures.
- Art kiosks, sculpture and existing art trellis
- Electric car charging station
- 8 car spaces
The architecture of the buildings encourages plants to grow and thrive on trellises marking the entrance of the units. This allows for deep lush vegetation to blend with the community garden during growing season and creates a soft buffer in between the buildings and the community garden through a shared resident lawn. Art paths guide visitors/gardeners’ throughout the garden, creating hierarchy for both planting beds and orchards. Infrastructure such as small strategically placed “holes” can be placed into the ground to allow temporary public art to be installed during both growth and harvest seasons.
The homes match the size and scale of the surrounding neighborhood, while also sharing clues about their progressive nature. The largest windows face south, the deep window sills illustrate the super-insulated walls, permeable driveways allow for ground water recharge, the stair towers allow for vegetation to grow vertically, and the adjacent community gardens with public art encourage meaningful outdoor living.
52kW of photovoltaic panels are distributed across the site, producing more energy than the homes consume annually, and even producing extra to charge an electric car.
Rainwater is captured from the buildings and used to irrigate the community gardens, providing on site management of storm water and a renewable resource for the community gardens.
Triplex bldg: -14
Pts. above Platinum: 43.5