Park Place Apartments, which was built in the 1980s in Mountain View, Calif., is considered by many to be the first green apartment community. Sustainable features include energy-saving appliances in the units and drought-tolerant plants incorporated into the landscape. Plus, Park Place is very pedestrian-friendly and opens itself up to the outside. City Hall, Mountain View’s Performing Arts Center, and Castro Street are all within walking distance. The three-story Park Place also represents a shift in the garden apartment-style design that was so predominant in apartments during the ’80s.
—John Thatch, principal, Pleasanton, Calif.-based Dahlin Group Architecture Planning