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Grimshaw to design new Bronx development - image

Grimshaw Architects has won a competition to design a mixed-use development in New York’s notorious borough, the Bronx.

The scheme, called Via Verde (the Green Way), will provide a mixed-income community with residential, commercial and open-space elements.

The UK practice will work in conjunction with local firm Dattner Architects, and the project is being backed by two developers: Jonathan Rose Companies and The Phipps Houses.

The project will include an 18-storey residential tower, a mid-rise building, duplex apartments and town houses offering 202 units overall.

According to the practice, the design was driven by ‘engendering a sense of community’, and providing a ‘connection between residents’.

A key concept of this is a series of roof gardens, the practice says, which as well as enhancing insulation, offer a rooftop community.

The design team is also considering geothermal ground loops for energy-efficient heating and cooling.

The site is an empty 5,600m2 lot in the South Bronx, which is in a derelict state and includes abandoned railway tracks. The practice is expected to have to clean the site’s contaminated soil.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in the middle of 2008.

by Richard Vaughan

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