Palacio Dorado, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico (2019)
Winner 2019 Puerto Rico Builders Assoc. Social Impact Project of the Year
The central goal of this Green Construction Permit design is to provide high-quality, affordable housing with supportive services where the residents can feel safe, flourish and have pride in their living environment. By designing for a high density, both the existing downtown commercial businesses and new residents will benefit from each other’s presence.
This LIHTC urban infill project includes a total of 103 one-bedroom units. The ground floor level contains a generous public community services room, lobby areas, administration areas, and a parking garage. The second (courtyard) level, apartments units are arranged around the interior courtyard, with a community room, fitness center and computer, reading and game room.
The courtyard is to provide a secure passive recreation area, a playground area for kids and space for casual encounters between the residents. It gives residents a place to gather and build a sense of community.
Photography by Gil Stose