Gallery: Philadelphia Rag Factory Converted to Eco-Innovative Residence...


The tightly-knit family of designers and innovators at the Onion Flats collective is raising the bar on innovation for Philadelphia architecture. They have discovered that by taking over the responsibility for everything from a project’s initial conceptual design, all the way to the financing, marketing, and construction, it has allowed them to explore totally new processes for things like water collection and green roofs, without the headache of outsourcing. Completed in 2006, one of their most notable projects are the Rag Flats, a group of modern residential units topped with green roof gardens, solar panels, and lounge spaces, which are built within the shell of a former rag factory.

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  1. City Steel Buildings June 2, 2009 at 3:33 am

    This is awesome! One of the most innovative way of converting residential buildings into units of environment conservation. Hats off to the designers and the architects. Amazing work. Even steel buildings can be modified to suit the needs of the environment.

    People should invest more and more in environmentally friendly buildings so as to provide our future generations with a purer and cleaner planet.

    Thanks for sharing
    Kirk J. Steel

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