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Living Zero in San Francisco, California by SUSTAINABLE.TO
October 10th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: SUSTAINABLE.TO
In 2003, Architecture 2030 was established to respond to rapidly accelerating climate change. This has sparked extraordinary development in the field of renewable energy technology, allowing for buildings to become increasingly energy efficient.
An 11-storey residential massing atop the ground-floor grocery store base is split in two by vertical “sky communities” – 3-storey atrium spaces that open up to the southern edge of the site and allow for light to penetrate deep into the building to maximize the daylighting of residential spaces. There, trees and planters catalyze activity and interaction, and create a neighbourhood feel high above street level.
The architecture uses the building technology as a means of expression by exposing mechanical systems, structural wood members, and featuring a double-skin façade on the street elevation. By displaying sustainability, residents begin to understand how the building establishes a net-zero standard by creating a mentality of sustainable living within their own living space.