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Webster Green

Gold

Bronx, New York

Architect/Designer | Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC

Builder | Galaxy GC Group

Developers | The Doe Fund | Robert Sanborn Development

Landscape Architect/Designer | terrain-NYC

Photographer | ImagenSubliminal

Located on a former grayfield and designed to achieve LEED Gold, this 77,000-sf development provides 82 units of affordable and supportive housing. Designed for community engagement, the ground floor features an open lobby, administrative offices, and two community spaces with storefront windows along the street. A seventh-floor lounge offers all residents shared views of a landscaped roof and the nearby Bronx Botanical Gardens. A planned landscaped courtyard will offer yet more space for respite and play.

The design ties thematically to the park down the block, lightens the project’s environmental impact, and highlights nature within this urban context. Prioritizing the street frontages, the structure’s ”L” shape reestablishes the property’s presence along the streetscape. A glazed front entrance and elevator lobbies emphasize the building’s corner and bring natural light into the corridors. The line of fenestration breaks the building massing into two volumes. The brick exterior along East 204th Street is consistent with the brick façades on its block, while the other side fronting busy Webster Avenue is clad in metal. The strategy helps the development fit in with the surrounding architecture, while also offering a design vision for the neighborhood’s future.

From the Judges
Taking an abandoned lot and building affordable housing for the community improved the neighborhood and corner where it is located. The judges praised the green roof as a nice amenity for the residents.

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