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Bercy Chen’s East Village is a Bright Orange Mixed Use Development in Austin
Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 2, 2011 @ 9:43 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Green Building,Innovation,Recycled Materials,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment
Bercy Chen Studio's East Village takes advantage of the abundance of sunlight in Austin, Texas with a bright red and orange facade that is interspersed with solar photovoltaic panels. Situated in a previously neglected neighborhood on East 11th street, the East Village has so many desirable "green" traits - such as green roofs, rainwater capture, and passive insect control - that it was rewarded with a 3-Star Green Building Rating. It is also one of the City of Austin’s S.M.A.R.T. (Safe, Mixed-Income, Accessible, Reasonably Priced, Transit Oriented) Housing developments. Step on in to learn more about this decidedly lo-tech but super resilient architectural masterpiece.
In the last decade, East 11th street in Austin has undergone a dramatic transformation that Bercy Chen  sought to celebrate with a thriving new mixed-use property that pays respect to the world’s current energy and natural resource crisis. In addition to integrating 11 retail stores, offices, and 20 residential apartments – nearly 1/4 of which are affordable homes – it was crucial to use the most efficient building materials and recycle construction waste .
With awesome views of the city, the East Village has 2 rooftop gardens  that can be enjoyed by anyone, and boasts a rainwater collection system. The southern and western facades feature piles of photovoltaic panels , as well as a screen to mitigate excess solar gain – thereby maintaining a perfect balance. Inside, the best insulation has been used to increase the project’s energy performance, no VOC paint was used whatsoever, and only low-impact indigenous plants  were used for the landscaping. As far as we’re concerned, Austin just got ten notches cooler!
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 Bercy Chen: http://bcarc.com/Project/the-east-village
 recycle construction waste: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construction_waste
 rooftop gardens: http://inhabitat.com/tag/rooftop-garden/
 photovoltaic panels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaics
 indigenous plants: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_plant
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