Monday, September 13, 2010

Red Hook's Zero Energy Building Looks Cool, in Theory

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Red Hook zero energy building

Red Hook, already the site of a state-of-the-art art storage facility, may soon also boast a cutting edge environmentally neutral building if plans for the Red Hook Green (rendered above) continue apace. Well, sort of soon.

The zero energy building, so called because it would generate all the energy it needs from renewable sources like solar and wind power, was originally scheduled to be completed this summer. Its structure, as you might be able to tell, will be made to evoke the neighborhood's stacked shipping containers, or an industrial chic version of the New Museum's stacked white cubes. Once completed—Dumbo-based designers Garrison Architects expect construction to begin soon and wrap in winter 2011—the building will houses offices, an apartment and a garage with electric car charger hookup. The price tag, patron, and exact location of the site on Dikeman Street remain a mystery. Although there can't be that many people with electric cars in Red Hook, right? (Curbed)

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