Lower East Side arts collective ABC No Rio has been in the process, slowly, of replacing its building at 156 Rivington Street with a new one. After one theatrical building funeral and a few anonymous cash infusions, the collective's new building is in the construction bid phase. At a conference on passive houses this weekend, architect Paul Castrucci described what ABC No Rio's future home will look like, assuming all goes as planned with the bids. And it's a far cry from the 1917 tenement the collective purchased from the city for $1.
The renderings on the architect's website (also shown in the gallery above) have a certain passive house aesthetic, and indeed, the building will be both a passive house?a building designed to meet German standards of near-total airtightness and energy efficiency?and built in keeping with LEED standards. Very green! And since we're talking about an arts collective, the 9,000-square-foot building will include exhibition and performance space. But not everything about the building is arts-specific: there's a green roof and a second-floor terrace, too.
· ABC No Rio [Paul Castrucci Architect]
· ABC No Rio coverage [Curbed]