The Solaire • Location: New York • Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects and SLCE Architects • Built: 2003• Units: 293 • Notable: The 27-story building was designed to decrease peak demand for electricity by 65 percent, plus consume 35 percent less energy and require 50 percent less potable water than a conventional residential high-rise building, according to the American Institute of Architects.
dBox The Solaire • Location: New York • Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects and SLCE Architects • Built: 2003• Units: 293 • Notable: The 27-story building was designed to decrease peak demand for electricity by 65 percent, plus consume 35 percent less energy and require 50 percent less potable water than a conventional residential high-rise building, according to the American Institute of Architects.

The Solaire, one of the first LEED-certified residential buildings in the United States, pioneered many of the sustainable practices that we now take for granted. The building features photovoltaic panels on its façade and recycles its black water. The Solaire also incorporates energy-saving technologies, including a master operating system that allows the front desk to shut off any lights not in use. So, for instance, if you left your kitchen light on, the front desk can turn it off for you. It’s an amazing building. When you walk inside, it just feels different.

—Brit Perkins, principal, EDI Architecture, Houston