1561 Walton Avenue

Bronx, New York

Portfolio / Housing / Affordable Housing 

Continuing their deep commitment to providing quality affordable housing in the Bronx, the Settlement Housing Fund and the Briarwood Organization partnered to develop the 60 units of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments as Quality Housing. 1561 Walton is a new construction, 11-story affordable housing building in the Mt. Eden neighborhood of the Bronx. The triangular shaped lot is the result of historic overlays of zoning that creates unusual property lines and in turn, a building form which references the street line as well as the site configuration.

The design of the building breaks the Walton Avenue façade into four separate planes, differentiated through brick colors that form a gradient. By revealing the edges of the planes, corner windows were  introduced into each living room. Taking advantage of the zoning setbacks, it was possible to create a generous rooftop terrace and natural lighting in the corridors.

The building follows the Enterprise Green Communities Guidelines and participates in the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program, which emphasizes energy savings and efficiency. As a result, sixty families now have high quality, light filled apartments in a building they are proud to call home.

Client: Settlement Housing Fund and The Briarwood Organization (Co-Developers)

Agency: New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

Structural: Silman

MEP: Abraham Joselow P.C., P.E.

Landscape: Billie Cohen, Ltd.

Energy: Bright Power

General Contractor: The Briarwood Organization

SARA National Design Award of Merit | Multi-Family Residential Affordable Housing, 2018
SARANY Design Awards of Excellence | Affordable and Supportive Housing, 2018
Queens & Bronx Building Association | Award for Design & Construction, 2017