This is East Village Lofts in the Revitalization District of East 11th Street in Austin, Texas. The structure, designed by Bercy Chen Studio, makes a bold statement about the intersection of art and sustainability with a multifaceted facade of colorful steel panels. The panels, as you would imagine, double as a shade device and guardrails for condo balconies.
East Village Lofts includes 11 retail stores and offices, 20 condominiums, and roof decks accessible to everyone in the building.
Bercy Chen Studio told Jetson Green in an email that homes range from approximately $130,000 for a studio to $290,000 for a two-bedroom loft unit.
For that, residents get insulated low-e windows, no-VOC paints, R19 insulated walls, R30 insulated roofing, two green roof areas, low-impact native landscaping, and construction with recycled and recyclable materials.
East Village Lofts, or Block 19, was shortlisted in the Design for All competition held by Design Boom and Seoul Design Fair 2010.
Credits: Bercy Chen Studio.