Launch Slideshow

A tour of Dattner & Grimshaw's new Via Verde community.

A tour of Dattner & Grimshaw's new Via Verde community.

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    Via Verde by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects, Bronx, N.Y.

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    Aerial view of Via Verde within the greater context of the Bronx, N.Y.

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    Via Verde courtyard and shared garden.

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    Stepped housing types from townhouses to tower apartments.

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    A typical townhouse unit. Ceiling fans and dual-façade operable windows encourage natural cooling through cross-ventilation.

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    66kw Photovoltaic panels produce energy for common areas and exterior lighting.

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    Children's play area within the courtyard.

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    One of the many green spaces in Via Verde; in this one, residents can grow produce.

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    Another rooftop has planters for beds of fruits and vegetables.

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    View of south façade showing solar array and connection to community.

Gardening becomes a way of life for residents of the newly-opened Via Verde, a Bronx, N.Y., community built around sustainable principles. Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects have teamed together with developers Phipps Houses and Jonathan Rose Cos. to produce this 222-unit, LEED Gold affordable housing community. This lush housing arose out of a competition co-produced by the AIA's New York Chapter and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to fill a city-owned, 60,000-square-foot former brownfield lot along an abandoned rail line. The L-shaped building comprises stepped housing typologies—townhouses, mid-rise duplexes, and tower apartments—that encircle a shared central garden, which, combined with habitable green roofs, contributes to a total of 40,000 square feet of open space for the residents. On the north side of the building, a public plaza will host twice-weekly farmers markets. The south side of the complex is lined with roof gardens within which residents can grow fruits and vegetables, allowing a connection to nature even within Via Verde's urban setting.