The images you see are for a development in Denmark called the "Danish Light*house," a collaboration between UNStudio, 3xn, and Gehl Architects. Light*house is the winner of the competition for a new Aarhus harbor front. In addition to the 140 meter residential tower, the project includes the ancillary buildings also on the water front. With sub-level parking and no parking on ground level, one goal of Light*house is to create a walkable environment that draws visitors to the water. Although details are still in general terms, starting sometime in 2008, it will be built to the newest energy standards and sustainable building practices. Light*house will have a healthy mix of rental + owner-occupied housing; a large portion of the project will include non-profit rental housing. When construction is complete in 2010, the project owners hope to have the harbor front in Denmark. More pics below the jump. Via.
Riverhouse, or One Rockefeller Park, is slated to open in late 2007 in Manhattan, and the word on the street is that it could be one of the greenest, most stylish residential developments on the East Coast. The developer, Sheldrake Organization, is planning on LEED Gold certification for the building. To do that, Sheldrake has enlisted the help of Polshek Partnership Architects for the exterior design and Ismael Leyva Architects for the interior design. In addition, the famous Rockwell Group is working on interior design for the one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences and other aspects of the building.
Here’s a list of some of the things the developer will do: use recycled wastewater for cooling the tower and landscaping; generate electricity from solar photovoltaic panels on the roof; draw in natural lighting without heat gain by using low-E, double-pane glass; use Energy Star appliances to save energy and Toto dual-flush toilets to save water; construct the building with about 20% recycled materials and recycle over 80% of the construction waste; and acquire over 40% of the building materials locally.
I’m not sure whether this is already in the works or whether this is just a proposal, but I thought it was creative and interesting enough to talk about. From the pictures above, you’ll notice a few things. Its slanting shape. The protruding containers. The juxtaposition of ultra-modern and historical landmark neighbors. The developer of the NYC Chinatown project, Mr. Woo of Young Woo & Associates, was interested in LOT-EK‘s design and considered the use of large, metal shipping containers in residential construction "fascinating" and "environmentally friendly." You’ll also notice from the renderings that the developer plans to have an array of solar panels on the roof.
To make it work, the slant begins on the third floor of the south end and the six floor of the north end. What that does is create some unusable square footage for the occupants on the south face (depending on the acuteness of the angle), with a pretty cool view for the occupant on the north face. Those on the north slant will have the benefit of peering over the ledge without having to worry about falling in. Also, I’d be interested in seeing a sun model of this to see how the building design takes on natural lighting for the occupants. All in all, it’s cool to see innovative building designs. Someone needs to push the entrepreneurial envelope, right? Via Lloyd of Treehugger.
+LOT-EK Container Housing Coming to New York [Treehugger]
+Leaning Tower of 87 Lafayette Explodes Our Brains [Curbed]
+Slanted Tower Studied Next to Landmark Firehouse [CityRealty]
+New Tower on Lafayette Street? [Wired-NY]
Well actually, it’s more of a mid-rise, but 11 stories in Boise is about as skyscraper as it gets. According to Gary Christensen, Christensen Corporation owner and Banner Bank Building developer, "we created a beautiful, high-performance building that’s good for the environment. And it didn’t cost us any more to do it." Specifically, the 195,000 sf, $25 million building was built to spec (ulation), so the ability to strike market-competitive lease deals was paramount on the project. Also, on July 27, 2006, Banner Bank Building received the coveted LEED-CS Platinum certification, earning 49 out of a possible 62 points in the Core and Shell Development system. In tangible savings, the building uses 65% less energy and 80% less water.
The following is a list of some of the many green features built into the Banner Bank Building: proximately situated near public transportation access; indoor bicycle storage and individual shower rooms; drought tolerant vegetation and automated irrigation system with motion sensors; state-of-the-art water reclamation system and conserving water fixtures, systems, and mechanical equipment; geothermal heat system and underfloor air distribution HVAC; 75%+ construction waste was separated, collected, and recycled; the building was constructed using locally sourced materials and 40%+ recycled content materials; zero- to low-VOC indoor finish materials; dimmable energy-efficient lighting; and a biodiesel fuel-powered backup generator.
The subject of this week’s Skyscraper Sunday is the striking 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia. Designed by Pickard Chilton Architects, 1180 Peachtree rises 41-stories with a 119-foot lighted veil at the top. It was also one of the first offices nationally to receive LEED-CS Silver pre-certification for its use of recycled materials, encouragement of alternative transportation, minimization of environmental impact by sourcing materials locally, and attention to using no- or low-VOC adhesives, sealants, and carpets. Developed by Hines, the building has vegetation on the roof to absorb rainwater, store it in underground storage, and use for landscaping (eliminating the need for city water). With about 670,000 sf of office + 35,000 sf of retail, this building is a gem in the Atlanta market. In the middle of 2006, the local real estate community did a double take when 1180 Peachtree sold for $400 per sf. Some people said this was part of a trend (good office market in Atlanta, lots of capital, etc.), but I think the selling price was a reflection of the excellence of the property. It’s a flagship, a trophy property, a green property. Green properties are (1) new, (2) well-designed, (3) easy to lease, and (4) fit well with all companies. It’s not hard to sell an amazing, great-looking, stabilized asset with low vacancy.