E N E R G Y - I N F I L L Brise-Soleil Apts.
New Construction, urban infill concept for 18 unit bldg.:
17,000 sf, Emeryville, CA
How do you optimize use of a vacant lot with a passive energy-conserving envelope? For the owner of this property we designed a maximum FAR and maximum units/ac apartment building based on principles of passive solar heating and cooling. A façade of deep metal sunshades protects the south elevation and glass enclosed front lobby stairs, elevator cylinder, and adjacent apartment units. This feature provides a dominant identity to the project where every unit enjoys natural ventilation, exterior sunshading, passive solar heating and night air cooling. Surface and tuck-under parking back up a bicycle-oriented program, just steps from a major bus line and free service to BART. Proximity to the Emeryville Greenway just up the street further enhances the project’s pedestrian appeal.