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Knickerbocker Commons, NY
Knickerbocker Commons is a six-story affordable multifamily passive building development in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The project features 24 apartments open to disabled and low-income renters, with six of the units providing handicap accessibility.
Through sustainable measure like the building's insulating and shading foam and stucco facade, a high-functioning ventilation system that retains warmth, and by harvesting solar energy, the building will use just 10 percent of the energy normally consumed by a comparable code built building of similar size. Not only will energy bills in the building be low, so too will monthly rents: apartments will be priced between $600 and $1,100.
Design Solutions - Site
Design Solutions - Envelope
The facade is formed from insulation wedges that vary in thickness from 3 to 12 inches and provide shading as well as the necessary insulation value to meet passive house standards. While these wedges create a dynamic play of shadows on the façade, the aesthetic is not something typically seen in North America and required some getting used to – particularly from the standpoint of the contractor. While we had initially planned to create the wedges onsite, this was not ultimately feasible and the manufacturer cut the forms offsite.