Sendero Verde

Client Jonathan Rose Companies, L+M Development Partners, Acacia Network
Location New York City, NY
Status Under Construction

Sendero Verde is an innovative concept in affordable housing, providing a "community of opportunity" to East Harlem residents.

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 contains 709 designated affordable units as well as extensive community space, retail space, and outdoor gardens. A school 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 is Passive House certified, making it the largest fully affordable Passive House building in the world.

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Community of Opportunity

The concept behind Sendero Verde is that by providing a variety of opportunities and support services under one roof, we can work to break the cycle of poverty that disrupts so many people’s lives. This "Community of Opportunity" is woven throughout the project and is reflected in both the types of spaces that are offered, and in how those spaces are arranged. Each intrinsic program element will retain its own individuality, but because of their juxtaposition and linking will yield something greater.

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2023 Construction Excellence Award, Affordable Housing Category - Associated Builders and Contractors - Empire State Chapter 2021 American Architecture Award - The Chicago Athenaeum Multi-Family Award of Merit - USGBC, Connecticut Chapter 2019 Winner, Unbuilt Green Category, Best of Design Awards - The Architect's Newspaper Buildings of Excellence Winner: Late Design Phase - NYSERDA


Apr 14,2023 - The New York Times Climate Forward: Building Better Buildings Read Feb 01,2023 - Corporate Knights How today’s green building heroes are scaling up to save our planet Read Dec 04,2022 - NY YIMBY Sendero Verde Phase One Completes Construction At 60 East 112th Street In East Harlem, Manhattan Read Oct 17,2022 - Fast Company Why new apartment buildings should adopt ancient cooling techniques Read Sep 24,2022 - NY YIMBY Sendero Verde’s 34-Story Second Phase Progresses At 50 East 112th Street In East Harlem, Manhattan Read Sep 01,2022 - Field Condition Construction Update: Sendero Verde Read Sep 14,2021 - The Architect's Newspaper At Sendero Verde, Handel Architects brings Passive House design to high-rise affordable housing Read May 06,2021 - The Architect's Newspaper Advocates of public housing push for a rebrand that draws connections to the Green New Deal Read Jan 11,2021 - Passive House Accelerator Affordable Housing: Sendero Verde, New York, NY Read Mar 06,2020 - Curbed In these super-sustainable new apartments, you may never pay a heating bill Read Dec 19,2019 - The Architect's Newspaper 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Unbuilt — Green Building Read Jul 12,2019 - The New York Times Counting Down to a Green New York Read Jun 27,2019 - Bloomberg East Harlem Affordable Homes Bring Green Tech, Social Services Read Jun 12,2018 - Passive House buildings go from small to extra-large (treehugger) Read Jun 11,2017 - The Wall Street Journal Striving for Energy-Efficiency in New York Read


Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer

Project Team

Alex Kim, Benjamin Novacinski, Blake Middleton, Deborah Moelis, Diana Erazo, Han Cho, Louis Koehl, Meari Kim, Richard Karsten, Ryan Lobello

Design Partner(s)

Landscape Architect - AECOM


Passive House Certified


Jim Piatt Volley