Sendero Verde

Client Jonathan Rose Associates, L+M Development Partners
Location New York City, NY
Project Type Residential, Mixed-Use
Status In Design

Sendero Verde is an innovative concept in affordable housing, providing a neighborhood's worth of services under one roof, in a building designed to Passive House standards.

Located in East Harlem in New York City, Sendero Verde is a mixed-use multi-building project awarded through the City’s SustainNYC program, which seeks to create affordable housing for New Yorkers without compromising design quality. 

Sendero Verde will contain nearly 650 designated affordable units as well as extensive community space, retail space, and outdoor gardens. Community space will include a pool and athletic facilities. A charter school run by the nonprofit DREAM will also be operating in the space, as well as supportive programming operated by Union Settlement, which is one of the oldest settlement houses in New York City. Ground floor retail will wrap the site.

In taking a cue from an historical trail that once crossed through the site, the project is arranged around a central meandering landscaped path, which weaves through the project from Park Avenue to the western end of 111th Street and Madison Avenue. The massing is broken down into three separate volumes which frame this path, creating a central courtyard. This courtyard spills out onto different levels, creating opportunities for individual community gardens.

Sendero Verde will be Passive House certified, making it the largest fully affordable Passive House building in the world when it is completed. 

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Community of Opportunity

The concept behind Sendero Verde is that each intrinsic program element will retain its own individuality, but because of their juxtaposition and linking will yield a more complete and cohesive whole. This linking and weaving expresses itself through many organizing elements of the project such as site circulation, overall massing, arrangement of program and façade articulation.

Scope

Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer

Design Partner(s)

Landscape Architect - AECOM

Visualizations

Jim Piatt