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

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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