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Revitalized Solar-Powered Union Lofts
Posted By Jorge Chapa On November 19, 2008 @ 11:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
These sleek solar-powered  lofts are part of a stunning adaptive reuse of an old textile warehouse in San Diego. Designed by Jonathan Segal Architecture  the 20,000 square foot block receives 50% of its energy from photovoltaic panels and integrates a variety of urban living environments for a mixture of very low income (50% of the median), affordable and market rate units. A paragon of efficient modern minimalism, the Union  is a truly beautiful project that recognizes that one of the best ways to build green is to revitalize something old to become new.
The Union  is a series of 16 units that generate a large portion of their own electricity by using roof-mounted photovoltaics . The original textile manufacturer’s union hall was repurposed into two live/work units and the architect’s office, while three new buildings have been adapted to form the rest of the development. The units offer abundant light and plenty of ventilation, as well private outdoor patios for each unit.
Needless to say, the idea of taking something old and turning it into a brand new space  is a valuable but underused tool in the search for sustainable design. In this case, the architect was so interested in ensuring that the project fulfilled its promise of adaptive reuse  that they incorporated spaces used by a convenience store and gas station within the plans. This dedication has been recognized with a number of awards including an American Institute of Architects  Honors Award for Housing.
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 Jonathan Segal Architecture: http://www.jonathansegalarchitect.com/
 the Union: http://www.jonathansegalarchitect.com/segalfiles/the_union.html
 roof-mounted photovoltaics: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/06/10/solar-panel-roof-tiles/
 a brand new space: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/18/forbes-park-by-urban-design-and-redevelopment/
 adaptive reuse: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/18/beautiful-building-reuse-the-barn-house-in-belgium/
 American Institute of Architects: http://www.aia.org/
 JetsonGreen: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2008/11/the-union-moder.html
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