At the heart of the Via Verde affordable housing development is a dynamic multi-level garden that serves as the organizing element and spiritual identity for the community. Located on a brownfield site in the South Bronx, the garden begins at ground level as a courtyard and then, like a tendril reaching towards the light, spirals upwards through a series of south-facing roof gardens, creating a promenade that culminates in a sky terrace with dramatic views of Downtown Bronx and Manhattan to the south.
Via Verde achieved LEED Gold Certification for the U. S. Green Building Council for its innovative environmentally responsible design. The multifunctional gardens allow residents to benefit from a profound connection to the natural environment in addition to the social connections possible in an urban setting.
Status: Completed 2012
American Society of Landscape Architects (NY Chapter), Honor Award
Urban Land Institute, Global Awards for Excellence, Winner