KALAHARI

Harlem, Manhattan, New York

Client  

L+M Development Partners
Full Spectrum of NY

Project Team

Frederic Schwartz Architects, Design Architect                                               GF55 Architects, Executive Architect         Jack Travis, Cultural Consultant             AKF Engineers, MEP Engineer           GACE Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer                                             Steven Winters Associates, Green Building Consultant 

Awards

Winner, NYC HPD Competition
LEED Gold Certified
ULI Workforce Housing Excellence Award
Green Magazine Green Building of the Year

Project Description 

This 450,000sf LEED Gold development provides 250 units of workforce housing (50% affordable and 50% market-rate) with generous amenities and a healthy building environment for families of diverse income levels. The building’s design and construction embodies a whole-systems approach to sustainability and energy efficiency. The project includes green roofs, a state-of-the-art building envelope, fresh-air filtration, heat recovery systems and photovoltaic panels, which reduce the building’s energy consumption to more than 30% below the code requirement. The building massing is a creative response to the city’s zoning code, providing a rhythm of tower and wall along the building’s 300-foot length. Reflective of the richness of Harlem’s African-American cultural heritage, the brick facade was inspired by traditional Sub-Saharan African patterns that were painted on the exteriors of desert homes.