Citizen, BKSK Architects, New York City, NYC, Manhattan, Architecture

Every design detail of the Citizen, from its exterior envelope to its carefully placed entries and janitorial spaces, ensures a green lifestyle. The building facade reinterprets the Chelsea neighborhood’s rich heritage with insulated concrete masonry units and high performance insulating laminated glass. These materials enhance the thermal performance while protecting against noise pollution coming from the bustling street below.

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Inside, the designers collaborated with Triton Construction to create an IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) management plan. The building has MERV-13 level filtration to reduce exposure to air pollutants, a standard high enough for hospitals and general surgery rooms. It also extracts heat energy from the indoor air through a heat recovery ventilation system, reducing tenant heating and energy usage. All finishes are low- to zero-VOC. A green cleaning program was also successfully implemented in order to further guarantee ideal air quality.

And finally, an added bonus, the developer offset the project’s electrical load with renewable energy investments for two years.

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Photos via BKSK Architects (Exterior Photos by Alexander Severin for RAZUMMEDIA; Interior photos by Jacob Snavely Photography)