Located in a rapidly changing, mixed-use area of Bushwick, this development will offer 94 units of affordable senior housing. The building is designed with an asymmetrical massing that emphasizes the central common space at each floor, with daylit sitting areas that overlook the neighborhood and accommodate socializing by the residents. To fit in to the architecturally diverse context, the exterior will be clad in a contemporary and more sustainable fiber reinforced concrete rainscreen, which will subtly evoke the older brick structures nearby through texture and color, while still relating to the new residential development across the street.
Varied setbacks from the street create areas for outdoor seating at the front entrance, as well as landscaping, which in turn, provides privacy for first floor apartments. Large windows bring daylight into the interior spaces and combined with a central core configuration and lounges on every floor, avoid the institutional feel of long, dark hallways. The generous swaths of glazing offer the added benefit of evening light along the streetscape. The building, which is designed to meet Passive House standards, is capped with a solar canopy that follows the angled set back and is visible from the street, making the sustainability a prominent feature of the architecture.
Rheingold Senior Housing will include a large rear garden in close proximity to the community room and lobby. In addition to opportunities for tenants to garden, the potential for hydroponic farming has been planned for the north-east wing of the roof.
The regular connections with nature and other residents, along with the comfort and improved indoor air quality of a Passive House building will offer serenity and joy, helping to ensure the health of those who live here.