May 2, 2023

Location: New York, NY
Products: DRD5S, 4″ Surface Mount Housing
Architecture: Handel Architects
Landscape Architecture: AECOM
Developer: Jonathan Rose Companies

Located in East Harlem in New York City, Sendero Verde boasts 709 designated affordable apartment units as well as extensive community spaces, retail stores, outdoor gardens and a school. By providing a variety of opportunities and support services under one roof, the project creates an Community of Opportunity that can help break the cycle of poverty that disrupts so many people’s lives. Certified by both Passive House Institute and Enterprise Green Communities, Sendero Verde is the largest fully affordable Passive House building in the world, ensuring superior levels of energy efficiency, indoor air quality, occupant comfort, and resiliency.

The project was awarded through the City’s SustainNYC program, which seeks to create affordable housing for New Yorkers without compromising design quality. That philosophy of quality and design is reflected in the living spaces, which feature cost-saving amenities and appliances such as the affordable DRD5S Surface Mount.

Packed with technical breakthroughs, the ultra-thin DRD5S matches the elegance of a high-end recessed downlight at a fraction of the price. Extending just 0.6 inches below the ceiling plane, it’s designed to minimize its visual profile while maintaining fire and sound ratings required in multifamily structures — making it the perfect match for this one-of-kind affordable mixed-use project.

Learn more about DRD5S Surface Mount.

About Handel Architects

Handel Architects was founded in 1994 with a commitment to making cities better places to live. They believe that architecture and design matter, and that through their work, they can make a positive difference in the world. They strive to create buildings that are not just things in themselves, but serve as catalysts for positive urban and social change.


AECOM’s landscape architecture practice seeks to positively impact communities through the design of artful social spaces combining sustainable infrastructure with cultural relevance and expression. They measure landscape performance to ensure that the long-term viability of landscapes they design can be accomplished and sustained. They work at all scales, from park systems and corporate campuses to intimate courtyards, across the Americas and the globe.

About Jonathan Rose Companies

Jonathan Rose Companies believes that every resident of every community deserves an equal opportunity to thrive. They apply the transformative power of connected, integrative, well-designed, thoughtfully programmed places to restore the balance between humans and nature and to increase well-being. Their goal is for each project to be a replicable model of environmental, social and economic responsibility, creating plans, buildings, communities and investments that learn from and contribute to the growing body of positive solutions to the challenges of 21st century cities.


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