Via Verde is a new housing development designed by Dattner Architects and London-based Grimshaw. It was the winning entry to a New Housing New York Legacy Competition. The 1.5 acre site in the South Bronx is located in the Melrose neighbourhood.
The mixed-use project provides 151 rental apartments affordable to low-income households and 71 co-ops affordable to middle-income households. What makes this a very special project is the way in which each level of the development is stepped back to reveal allotments or a garden or a small orchard. this can very reasonably be called a healthy building in what used to be known as a very unhealthy neighbourhood.