Serious Rainwater Collection at Homeless Center

This building, the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, was recently given a Green Project Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Created by LZT Architects, the design reduces the load on Austin's storm-water management system with a 13,000-gallon rainwater-collection system for landscape irrigation and flushing of toilets and urinals. Seeing both an architectural and educational opportunity, LZT installed eight 21-foot-tall galvanized-steel water cisterns near the front door. The cisterns double as solar-shading devices in front of a south-facing window, creating a diffused, pearly light within the lobby. :: GreenClips