We love receiving tips about new green buildings, but nothing beats stumbling across one while just walking down the street. That's exactly how we came upon this lovely green roof atop an unassuming maintenance building just blocks from the Inhabitat office. The planted surface helps mitigate stormwater runoff and is a soothing sight for residents in the surrounding apartments.
The green roofed maintenance building is located at 17 Pitt Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, away from the hubbub of Essex Street, which is probably why we never noticed it before. Designed by CTA Architects, the structure is part of a larger cluster of buildings that serve as affordable housing for the neighborhood. The 600-unit complex was recently rehabilitated, and all public space was redesigned.
What was previously a flat, grey surface on the complex’s maintenance facility was reimagined as a flourishing planted roof that blends nicely into the surrounding grassy field. The 3,500 square foot building’s slanted red accent beams create an additional pop of color that echoes the Williamsburg Bridge seen in the distance behind it.