345 Meatpacking Green Facades
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345 Meatpacking Green Facades; Photo Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro HashimuraProject Name: 345 Meatpacking Green Facades
Year: 2013
Owner: DDG Partners
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Size: 1375 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: Future Green Studio

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Lead Architect: Peter Guthrie, DDG Partners
General Contractor: DDG Construction
Contractor: Future Green Studio
Trellis Provider: DDG Partners
Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Future Green Studio
Plant Supplier: Atlantic Nursery
Plant Installation: Future Green Studio
Waterproofing Membrane: Rest Assured Roofing
Structural Engineer: Silman Engineering
Growth Media: rooflite® semi-intensive
345 Meatpacking Greenroof; Photo Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro Hashimura345 Meatpacking Green Facades; Photo Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro Hashimura345 Meatpacking Green Facades; Photo Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro Hashimura
Featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River, 345 Meatpacking is a dramatic new 11-story luxury residential building of 37 finely crafted one, two and three bedroom condominium residences located just off of 9th Avenue and the Meatpacking (MEPA) district. The new landmark project from DDG architects and developers, the building features a unique integration of landscape into the built environment with a heavily planted entrance canopy, long linear window boxes integrated into the facade and a lush roof garden with perennials and meadow grasses. See the 345 Meatpacking Greenroof project profile in The Greenroof and Greenwall Projects Database.

The planting palette picks up off of the neighboring High Line aesthetic and creates a sense of wild in contrast with sleek lines of the custom architectural brickwork. Rangy, resilient, drought tolerant native plants were specified to keep the landscape maintenance low while helping to foster the building’s edgy identity and provide wildlife habitat.

Located at the gateway to the MEPA District, 345 Meatpacking was mid-design when Hurricane Sandy affected New York in 2012. The catastrophic event inspired the creation of a resilient landscape that would be sustainable and, more importantly, responsive to the increasingly unpredictable climate. The result is a unique integration of landscape elements into the building envelope in the form of 1,375 square feet of vertical green screens - made of galvanized steel grating bars - parapet planters, intensive green roofs and a planted entrance marquee. The marquee draws reference from the loading dock awnings historically found in the neighborhood and the emergent vegetation that often took root there. The planting design includes wild trees and trailing plants that spill through a pattern of openings, bringing light and vegetation to the streetscape below.
345 Meatpacking; Photo Courtesy of DDGPhoto Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro Hashimura
The overall planting palette is designed to play off of the sleek lines of the architectural brickwork; native grasses, flowers and sedum sprout from atop parapet walls and emerge from planters built into the base of windows. The rich textures and colors of meadow grasses and perennials both soften the architecture and create a brilliant contrast of vibrant greens against soft whitish gray. Plants include perennials such as Rough goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis), Butterfly weed (Asclepsias tuberosa) and Blazing star (Liatris aspera), as well as grasses like Switch grass (Panicum 'heavy metal' virgatum) and Blue fescue (Festuca glauca). Resilient, drought tolerant native plants keep maintenance low, offer wildlife habitat, and contribute to the neighborhood’s edgy identity.

The communal roof garden hosts a semi-intensive green roof with native meadow plants that colonize small amoeba-like mounds, along with Sumac trees and Scotch Broom. The roof is irrigated using water from a rainwater collection and irrigation system that is incorporated into the building’s bulkhead. The system will collect and redistribute 10,000 CF for irrigation annually.

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Photo Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro HashimuraPhoto Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro HashimuraGraphic Courtesy of Future Green Studio.Photo Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro HashimuraPhoto Courtesy of Future Green Studio; Photo Credit: K•Taro Hashimura
345 Meatpacking is located at 345 West 14th Street, New York, NY; visit DDG Partners. Download the Residents Fact Sheet and Pentouse Fact Sheet from DDG. See the project profile from Future Green Studio and on Architizer. Watch the 11:42 DDG Partners: 345 Meatpacking video on YouTube. Read the August 5, 2013 Avant-Garde 345Meatpacking Sells All 37 Condos In 9 Months in NY Curbed and the October 25, 2012 Where Condos Are as Rare as T-Bones in the New York Times. For more information please contact Future Green Studio at: http://www.futuregreenstudio.com/.

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