Hotel & Residential

The Visionaire

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New York, New York, USA
500,000 square feet / 46,000 square meters
2008

The Visionaire is Battery Park City’s most environmentally responsive residential building. Rising above the Hudson River and New York City Harbor, the 35-story tower and its 10-story base are a strong presence along the southwestern edge of Lower Manhattan. The LEED Platinum building is the third of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ residential towers for Battery Park City.

The Visionaire combines public and private functions into one integrated example of green living. The mixed-use development includes 250 condominiums with below-grade parking, a local organic market, and headquarters for the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, the agency that maintains the Battery Park City Esplanade and public open spaces.

Energy efficiency and indoor air quality are the most important and fully incorporated environmental features of the Visionaire. The most expressive element of the building’s energy efficiency is its high-performance envelope: a terra-cotta rainscreen curtain wall with silver-coated low-e insulated glass and 418 square meters (4,499 square feet) of photovoltaic paneling.

The distinguished shapes of the building’s massing maximize views, daylight, and natural ventilation. The Battery Park City Authority’s master plan provided guidance for the building’s general orientation, but the specific building plan emerged from programmatic needs. Dramatically bending façades of banded terra-cotta and sky-reflecting glass animate the river’s edge.

The Visionaire includes a variety of resident amenities, including a children’s playroom at ground level, a full-service spa, a fitness center, a sky-lit pool, and two roof gardens offering outstanding views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.

 

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