in the second feature of a film series documenting some of grimshaw’s most important projects, we take an exclusive look inside a mixed-use, mixed-income residential development in new york. ‘via verde’, or ‘the green way’, is a mid-rise 20-storey tower containing duplex apartments and town-houses. located in the south bronx, the development contains 222 residential units, 71 ‘for sale’ units for middle-income households, and a balance of low and moderate income rentals.

grimshaw via verde
the 20-storey tower is topped with an ascending rooftop garden
image by david sundberg © esto (also main image)

 

 

in 2006, grimshaw won the first juried design competition for affordable housing in new york city. the brief called for a scheme with sustainable practices and healthy living principles that could serve as a replicable model for future developments in the city. as its name suggests, the focal point of ‘via verde’ is a garden that serves as the community’s organizing element. the garden begins as a courtyard at ground level, before spiraling upwards through a series of programmed, south-facing roof terraces — creating an ascending promenade for residents.

grimshaw via verde
the scheme contains a mixture of duplex apartments and town-houses
image by david sundberg © esto

 

 

each apartment ensures cross-ventilation and daylight, as well as low VOC finishes, and water and energy conserving fixtures. the building’s high-performance façade uses a pre-fabricated rain screen with composite wood, cement, and metal panels. ‘the composition of ‘via verde’ seeks to promote both a healthy lifestyle and a vibrant community, promoting wellness and social well-being through increased physical activity, shared common spaces and access to natural light and fresh air,’ explains grimshaw.

 

see our first featured film here, where sir nicholas grimshaw returns to a residential building in london where he lived with his family for six years. 

grimshaw via verde
the brief called for a scheme with sustainable practices and healthy living principles
image by david sundberg © esto

grimshaw via verde
each apartment ensures cross-ventilation and daylight
image by david sundberg © esto

grimshaw via verde
rather than elevators, residents are encouraged to use stairs and walkways
image by david sundberg © esto

grimshaw via verde
photovoltaic panels have been included as part of the development
image by david sundberg © esto

grimshaw via verde
the design serves as a replicable model for future developments in new york
image by david sundberg © esto

grimshaw via verde
illustration of the elevated gardens that comprise the ‘green way’
image © grimshaw

 

 

project info:

 

location: new york, NY, USA
project type: living
client: jonathan rose companies / phipps houses
area: 290,000 sqf
status: complete 2012
associate architect: dattner architects

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