In a sprawling, car-traversed setting, Greenshift offers an alternative urban approach of density, programmatic diversity, and sustainability in a single site. A 13-storey residential tower surmounts public retail including a grocer's and a bicycle shop. A block of offices and studios sits adjacent and rests upon a "green factory" - a community center dedicated to sustainable design and lifestyles - offering guidance in implementation to the public. Building materials are recycled or regional, and the structures are oriented to optimize solar exposures. The tower is particularly significant - photovoltaic folding panels act as balcony screens on its south facade.
The buildings ring a 'courtyard' - a multifunctional, public space with access from 152nd & 19th Streets. Integrated power & structural socketing in the pavement serve seasonal farmer's markets and other public events, while glass slits in the pavement naturally light the parking be-low. Vegetation from the green center roof and planters around the high rise cafe grow along a cabled lattice shading the space below. To promote ecological transit to the site, a bus stop is situated on 152nd Street, which has been widened to include a bicyclist's lane. Entry to parking is located on 19th Street, below the offices.
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- Presentation Panel
- Axonometric Drawing