on the boards: BUG

February 27, 2011

Beech Urban Gardens is a new mixed-use building designed to meet passivhaus standards and substantially raise the bar on energy efficiency.  Located at the heart of the burgeoning N Williams corridor, BUG sits on an empty south facing 50′ x 120′ corner lot.  Seven residential units occupy the top two floors, while six creative offices are situated above three ground floor retail spaces.

BUG features a fully glazed south facade utilizing a high-performance window system to maximize direct solar gain, minimize heat loss, and provide exceptional views and daylight.  A system of sliding wood shutters is incorporated into the facade to provide complete external shading in the summer and eliminate overheating, while still allowing views and daylight.

The roof features a community garden with raised beds and a potting shed, a huge terrace with views to the neighborhood and the city, and photovoltaic panels making the roof’s south guardrail and providing the building’s minimal electrical needs.  A greywater recycling storage tank provides gravity fed water for the rooftop gardens and the building below.

interior of typical residential unit

southwest view with wooden shutters in closed position



2 Responses to “on the boards: BUG”

  1. Simple, Elegant, Intelligent. Looks great Jeff.

  2. […] BUG is compact and elongated in the E-W direction, maximizing solar gain to the south, minimizing window openings the east/west and even less to the north. High performance windows are planned – although with such a compact form oriented to maximize solar gain, it may be possible to utilize Cardinal 179. Service spaces (stairs, storage, elevator) are stacked on the north. […]

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