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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,gallery,Recycled Materials,Renewable Energy,Solar Power,Sustainable Building | 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 [5]

In the last decade, East 11th street in Austin has undergone a dramatic transformation that Bercy Chen [3] 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 [6].

With awesome views of the city, the East Village has 2 rooftop gardens [7] that can be enjoyed by anyone, and boasts a rainwater collection system. The southern and western facades feature piles of photovoltaic panels [8], 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 [9] were used for the landscaping. As far as we’re concerned, Austin just got ten notches cooler!

+ Bercy Chen Studio [3]

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

[4] City of Austin’s S.M.A.R.T.: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/ahfc/smart.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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