Park Avenue Green, currently the largest Passive House Affordable Housing Development in the country, provides 154 units in an innovative fifteen-story building. The development provides much needed low-income housing to the Melrose neighborhood while incorporating state-of-the-art building technology and creating a community of environmentally comfortable homes. A gallery and affordable artist studios are located at the ground floor for the not-for-profit Spaceworks, providing spaces for local artists visible from the street.
Along with its highly insulated and thoroughly sealed building envelope, the design incorporates storm resiliency features and includes cogeneration, an extremely efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and cooling system, and an array of photovoltaic panels on the roof.
The design picks up on the warehouse nature of the neighboring context, and complements the adjacent Morris I Apartments, by the same owner, with a consistent base and a more dynamic and varied design above.