AIA Top 10 Green Buildings: MacAllen Building Condominiums

AIA Top 10 Green Buildings: MacAllen Building Condominiums

Jonathan B.
May 13, 2008

This building by the firm studio dA (Harvard architects Nader Terani and Monica Ponce de Leon) was the only residential building to win one of the AIA/COTE top ten awards... and that's the fifth award it's racked up. The building features extensive green roof areas and recycled aluminum cladding, along with a Gold LEED rating. The roof terraces and massing remind us a bit of the VM Bjerget in Copenhagen...

While all the photos and drawings we've seen so far focus on the exterior and the structural system, we're wondering what it's like to be inside one of these units, especially given that one long wall of the building faces due south: do the units on that side of the building pick up too much heat on sunny days?

Browse the developer's website to check out the unit floor plans and see an interior done up all in white. (It's interesting to see that the environmental benefits of the building—extra insulation and high-quality windows—are touted here not for their green benefits, but for reducing street noise.)

For the architectural drawings, head over to the AIA website, which is the source of the photos in this post.

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