The Philadelphia Sustainability Awards Finalists have been chosen and one of the projects that was overlooked is the following 13-unit, affordable, environmentally-friendly housing project designed by Interface Studio, LLC. One of the goals of this project was to design affordable homes with extremely low utility costs. When money is tight, being hit by the utility man is tough on morale, that’s for sure. The architect relied on modular design to lower costs of construction and challenge the bland look of typical affordable housing. Engineers estimate that units will be 30-40% more efficient than your standard Energy Star building upon completion. Pretty incredible, actually.
Although Sheridan Street Housing was not selected for the Philadelphia Sustainability Awards, it has received an AIA Philadelphia Silver Medal 2006 + residential architect Design Award 2007. Sheridan Street was designed with unique materials such as slate-like fiber cement cladding panel and textured exterior grade plywood cladding panel. Also, as you can tell from the images above, the design incorporates an airy third-floor terrace. I’d pay big money for that. I think another innovative aspect of the project is how the designer squeezed 13-units into an oddly shaped 40′ x 450′ piece of land. Each building dances with another in interlocking L-shaped footprints to maximize the available land.
Here are links to some of the other green projects considered for the Philadelphia Sustainability Awards: Bernice Elza Homes, Brewerytown Square, Jackie O’Neil Zero-Energy Prototype Homes (finalist), One Crescent Drive, Pembroke North Condominium, and The Reserve at Packer Park.