Via Verde – a really green approach to low cost housing in South Bronx

Shared space at the entrance to the site
Orchards on one of the roofs
Trees on the top terrace
Shared growing space
Communal composting bins
Sedum roof
View from the community room at the top of the development
View showing the orchards, allotments and the neighbouring green roofs

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.

Published by Paul Lincoln

Printmaker, City of London Guide and commissioning editor Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute.


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