Las Gladiolas Community Development
LAS GLADIOLAS is a landmark project for the island of Puerto Rico: representing both the first mixed-income public housing development in Puerto Rico and the first Energy-Star design project of its kind ever to be built on the island. In stark contrast to the high-rise structures they replace, the new buildings are designed to human scale and in keeping with the surrounding environment: three- to four-story structures—apartments, walk-ups, townhouses—individual, varied, and unique— yet consonant in their architecture and all grouped around a central, European-style plaza. The architectural style is tropical traditional, yet with a contemporary slant: a full departure from the cookie-cutter, monolithic Modernist towers they replace.
LAS GLADIOLAS will become the first Energy-Star public housing project ever to be completed in Puerto Rico. The buildings have been meticulously designed to take advantage of existing sun and wind path patterns in order to maximize natural light, cross ventilation, and overall energy efficiencies throughout the day.
Rooftops sport photovoltaic solar panels to offset traditional electricity costs and minimize the community’s environmental footprint. Exterior windows are double-paned in order to further reduce energy consumption by the buildings’ high-efficiency cooling systems. Ample parkways and green spaces are strategically placed throughout the neighborhood.