Silvergreen: Unique History Meets High-Tech Fabrication
Located outside Philadelphia, the Silvergreen residence stands on the original site of the community of Bryn Athyn, which was established in the early 1890s by the Swedenborgian New Church society. Drawn to this site for its topography and natural resources, the residents established a community that included three distinctive residences, the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and a parkland designed by Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot—all of which were designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 2008.
Architecturally, the new Silvergreen’s exterior reflects the history, permanence, and low maintenance of the neighboring historic buildings. The plan employs universal design to anticipate generational changes and multiple community uses over 20-year phases including aging in place, live-in caregivers, event hosting, and community fundraising. Silvergreen follows the philosophy of the Living Building Challenge for carbon sequestering, locally sourced, toxic free materials, and is slated to certify to the PHIUS 2018+ standard, achieving net-zero energy sourced only from renewable resources.