Kalahari Condo Building Tops Out
From press release: Developers of Kalahari, an exciting green residence located in Central Harlem set for 2008 completion, announced that the property has topped out. Kalahari, which includes two buildings connected with a garden, offers 249 homes with amenities such as a rooftop garden, concierge, a parking garage and grand lobby featuring original artwork by a MoMA-retained artist.
…In addition to the 129 premium residences, Kalahari also contains 120 affordable homes whose owners were selected at random in May of 2006 in a New York City housing lottery. Kalahari’s developers believe that the homes, which celebrate sustainability, traditional African culture and design and living beautifully should be accessible to a wide range of income levels.
…As one of Manhattan’s greenest residences in today’s market, Kalahari utilizes a fresh-filtered air purification system, wind-generated energy provided by Con Ed Solutions, on-site solar panels that supply over 25 percent of the building’s energy and Energy-Star appliances throughout. These revolutionary features reduce anticipated energy consumption by more than 30% below the New York State Energy Code.
Kalahari also features one of the area’s most striking facades, decorated with the powerful African Adinkra symbol in bold colors. The homes integrate the textures, patterns and decorative motifs made famous by traditional African painting, decorating and design.
Zipcar, an environmentally-friendly car sharing service, will also retain 3 environmentally-friendly Toyota Prius’ reserved for residents’ and community use in Kalahari’s parking garage. A movie theater, restaurant and café development will be situated next to Kalahari, and films will relate to the African and Latin diaspora.
What does everybody think of the facade? Eyesore? Beautiful?