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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, Bercy Chen Studio, Austin, Texas, East Village, Mixed-Use development, solar power, photovoltaic panels, green roof, vertical screen, rainwater capture, passive insect control, insulation, energy efficiency, green design, sustainable design, eco design [1]

In the last decade, East 11th street in Austin has undergone a dramatic transformation that Bercy Chen [2] 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 [3].

With awesome views of the city, the East Village has 2 rooftop gardens [4] that can be enjoyed by anyone, and boasts a rainwater collection system. The southern and western facades feature piles of photovoltaic panels [5], 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 [6] were used for the landscaping. As far as we’re concerned, Austin just got ten notches cooler!

+ Bercy Chen Studio [2]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/the-east-village-by-bercy-chen-studio-2.jpg

[2] Bercy Chen: http://bcarc.com/Project/the-east-village

[3] recycle construction waste: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construction_waste

[4] rooftop gardens: http://inhabitat.com/tag/rooftop-garden/

[5] photovoltaic panels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaics

[6] indigenous plants: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_plant

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