22 Caton Place is a new 7-story, 73 unit residential building currently
under construction in Kensington, Brooklyn, NY. The building is centrally
located to historic Prospect Park, schools, subways, and shopping,
and is designed to achieve LEED-Gold and NYSERDA ENERGY STAR certifications.
The highly energy efficient building has a well-insulated envelope
and high-performing windows while many of the building forms and
materials were selected for their recycled and/or regional content,
energy and water-saving capabilities, and durable finishes. The articulated
brick façade is enhanced with vine covered balconies and is contextual
within the neighborhood.
The building is also designed to meet NYC’s Quality Housing zoning
requirements, including sunlit elevator lobbies and to address the
intent of the NYC Active Design Guidelines, such as common stairs
located in a place of prominence. Natural daylighting and private
balconies, terraces, or gardens for most units reinforce the relationship
with the outdoor environment.
The 86,000 s.f. project includes amenities such as bike storage,
lounge, gym and stretch/yoga room, kids’ playroom, and both interior
and exterior areas for pet washing. Below-grade vehicular parking
creates a large, south-facing landscaped courtyard with a boule court.
The accessible common rooftop is equipped with gas grills, outdoor
furniture, and a custom-built pergola to encourage outdoor activities.
The roof terrace also promotes urban agriculture with composting
facilities, rainwater harvesting, and raised garden plots so residents
can grow their own vegetation. Light colored roofing and pavers and
a partially vegetated green roof help to reduce cooling costs, cut
energy usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions.