Last week, the Internet reacted to the facade on display at 45-12 11th Street, in Long Island City. Now the Daily News reports the architect and home owner Tom Paino’s side: “Paino compared the naysayers to yokels who attacked three-dimensional paintings during the Renaissance.” Paino designed the home as an energy-efficient passive house, with rain-soaking plants on its roof and innovation ventilation and insulation units. Even those tiles on the facade are made from recycled material. If the home is certified as a passive house it’ll be the first one in Queens, and the third in New York City.
At the end of the day, Paino doesn’t care what internet commenters think of his design. As he says, “All I can tell you is that the façade is dramatic enough so that people walking by stop to look at it.”
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