New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification for its many sustainable features. Particularly impressive is the building’s water management scheme, which is poised to collect 100% of the available LEED stormwater credits, a rare achievement for an urban building.
Paying homage to the location’s former Jefferson Theater, the building has a variety of dramatic design features such as a slanted proscenium of brick piers and varied window patterns that stretch along the complex’s steel framed exterior.
Although the facade complements the location’s theatrical past, the main draw of the design lies in the interior’s very modern connection to nature. Apartments on the second, seventh and eighth floor have large balconies while some of the residents on the ground floor have private backyards. All of the tenants will have access to the large rooftop garden, a fitness room, a library and a community lounge space.
The Jefferson also boasts many sustainable features such as a streamlined eight-sort recycling system, high-performance windows, a blue roof, and a centrifugal action sediment separator that filters stormwater. According to BKSK partner-in-charge Todd Poisson, the building’s design vision seeks to bring a strong sense of sustainability and sociability to the building’s residents. “Our team aspired to design the best possible ‘supporting player’ to life on this block. To achieve this, we closely studied the neighborhood’s scale, current ecological trends, and the expectations that come with contemporary New York living,” Poisson said.