I used to drive by Buzz Lofts all the time and check out the construction progress. It's a modern, green, and affordable condo-loft community immediately south of downtown Dallas. The development is in what you may call an up and coming neighborhood, but the location is great: near the DART rail and all those downtown jobs. Buzz has been popular, too, with most units nearly sold out.
I opened up the local newspaper today, and much to my surprise, there’s news that the first, mid-rise container building in the U.S. is planned for downtown Salt Lake City. The project was designed by none other than Adam Kalkin, container architecture expert, and will be called City Center Lofts. The green, ultra-modern condo building will have eight units and a ground level art gallery.
This is Tom Kundig’s first condo project, Eleven Eleven East Pike — a retail- residential use, urban infill structure in Seattle’s Pike/Pine neighborhood. Details of the project are being released today, but I have some inside bits of information for sustainability enthusiasts. In addition to being an urban infill project, Eleven Eleven East Pike will be Built Green 3-star certified and have a Walk Score of 98 (tops = 100). Which means sustainability is integrated with the culture and soul of the neighborhood. Owners will have an opportunity to use their cars less and stay active in the community.
The work of Tom Kundig is highly respected and widely celebrated. I see the same for Eleven Eleven East Pike, which will have five floors of residential (27 homes), ground level retail, and two floors of subsurface parking.
There’s a new green project under construction in New York’s West Chelsea Arts district that just so happens to be the first free-standing project for Neil M. Denari Architects. Known as High Line 23, or HL23, the design is defined, at least in part, by the small ground floor footprint of 40′ x 99′. As you can tell from the images, the building starts small and hovers 14 floors into the air over abandoned railroad tracks (note: those tracks will soon be a thriving green park area). The $22 million, 39,200 sf condo tower will have a private garden at the building’s base and 11 condo homes — nine full floor residences and a duplex penthouse on the top floor. Residences range in size from 1,850 – 3,600 sf and price from $2.7 – $10.5 million.
For starters, when complete, Greenbelt will use roughly 40% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable building. And it looks fantastic, too — another case that living green doesn’t require throwing out your style. Located at 361 Manhattan Avenue, the eight unit building has one- and two-bedroom condos that range in price from $599k – $815k. In addition to all the green features listed below, I like how the developers plan to incorporate enhanced sound proofing and insulation in the walls, ceilings, and floors. People would probably be more willing to live in attached spaces, if they knew the extraneous sounds wouldn’t be a problem. Nevertheless, it’s clear the developers are setting a good example in that regard because Greenbelt will have the latest technology to minimize noise disruptions.
Portland has tons of LEED buildings, but they’re hoping to claim the greenest residential condo tower in the United States. The Casey Condominiums is on track to be the first residential building in the U.S. to receive LEED Platinum certification. Sitting on the corner of NW 12th and Everett, which is smack dab in the Pearl District, this 16-story tower will have 61 units averaging just over 2,000 sf in size. Word is they’re 70% pre-sold, too. And in addition to 4,200 sf of ground-floor retail space, the luxury, eco-tower will feature a multi-faceted glass art installation (as you can see in some of the images).