August 2, 2022
Charlotte of the Upper West Side featured in GB&D Magazine
BKSK Architects Designed an NYC Condominium to Passive House and Beyond
Newly revealed, the deeply textured terra-cotta façade of Charlotte of the Upper West Side at 470 Columbus Avenue in Manhattan fits comfortably within its landmarked historic district while providing sunshading as part of an ambitious sustainable design agenda looking decidedly toward the future.
Charlotte’s sunshades are an integral yet small part of the Passive House Institute (PHI)–based design of the building, aiming to set a new standard for energy performance, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality for residential buildings in New York City. Charlotte’s namesake is a real child, and the building’s focus on sustainability, health and wellness, and occupants’ peace of mind is a purposeful endowment toward Charlotte and her generation’s future.