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Leasing has officially launched for PERCH Harlem, a seven-story multi-family building and the first commercial scale rental building in New York City designed to Passive House standards. Located in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem located on West 153rd Street near Broadway, the 34-unit apartment property is expected to be complete this fall.
The apartment mix includes studios to three-bedroom units ranging approximately from $2,600 to $4,600, with the penthouse units ranging approximately $5,300. Each unit is equipped with central heating and cooling and an energy-recovery ventilator, so the occupants can adjust the temperature and the fresh airflow rate as needed.
Designed by architect Chris Benedict, the building’s façade has a modern arrangement of glass squares and rectangular shapes and salutes its liberation from the constraints of conventional masonry construction, where the building loads determine the positioning of the windows. In each apartment, large fixed windows will maximize the light and solar gain, while smaller, operable windows will ensure fresh air when desired and provide views of the George Washington Bridge and midtown Manhattan.
The building's amenities include a private gym, rooftop terrace, resident storage, bicycle storage and a resident lounge. The lobby and corridors within the building are accented with Richlite, a versatile and attractive durable product that is made from post-consumer recycled paper. Custom-designed wallpaper inspired by the building’s exterior window design was created on Terralon, a PVC-free product made with a polyester/natural fiber technology containing 31% recycled materials.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of leasing for the first market-rate rental building designed to Passive House standards in the city,” says Justin Palmer, CEO of Synapse Development Group, the project's developer. “Our partnership’s mission to create a building that combines high quality design with low-impact living has finally been conceived and we are excited to offer residents a new way of living.”