In today’s fast-paced world, the need for a dedicated space where children can let their imaginations run wild is more important than ever. As parents seek the best for their young ones, luxury developments are stepping up to the plate, creating over-the-top children’s rooms that rival even the most extravagant of adult spaces. From Disney designers to renowned architects and children’s authors, these NYC luxury developments are sparing no effort in crafting dreamy havens for the youngest residents.
1289 Lexington – Upper East Side
Nestled in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side, 1289 Lexington is a collection of luxury condominiums that has taken the concept of a children’s activity room to a whole new level. As soon as you step into the children’s room, you are transported into a Central Park-inspired wonderland. This whimsical space, brought to life by Michael Whiston and Norvel Hermanovski, Disney alums and artists at Silver Hill Atelier, offers a castle play area and slide inspired by the iconic Belvedere Castle. Children can unleash their creativity on a scribble-ready chalkboard or find comfort in cushioned floor nooks. The walls feature illuminated clouds over a canopy of painted trees, while colorful chairs and tables ground the space, stimulating creativity and animating imaginations.
450 Washington – Tribeca
Situated along Tribeca’s historic waterfront, 450 Washington is a development by Related that has transformed a city block into a residential masterpiece. The children’s room at 450 Washington is a true underwater adventure, mirroring the nearby Hudson River. The ‘under the sea’ decorations create a whimsical atmosphere that sparks creativity in children of all ages. Ocean-themed toys, including a submarine tent, adorn the space, enhancing the maritime theme. Residents also benefit from exclusive programming through the Related Life app, including a Kids Club in the Children’s Room dedicated to the younger residents.
The Solaire – Battery Park City
The Solaire is Manhattan’s premier green building in Battery Park City, offering residents access to two beautiful parks along the Hudson River waterfront. The nature-focused children’s playroom at The Solaire is designed to be a haven for younger residents to explore and unwind. COOKFOX Architects’ Bethany Borel led the design, drawing inspiration from the principles of shinrin-yoku, or “taking in the forest atmosphere,” to create a space that reduces stress and cortisol levels. The room is designed for flexibility and avoids excessive technology, as many families bring their own devices. Additionally, the choice of highly durable Forbo flooring, which contains natural materials, contributes to the environmentally conscious design.
One Wall Street – Financial District
One Wall Street, an iconic Art Deco masterpiece developed by Macklowe Properties, offers 566 homes and an impressive 100,000-square-feet of amenities. For children and teens, One Wall Street provides imaginative spaces where they can unwind and have fun in safe environments. The Children’s Room, designed by Stephen Brockman of Deborah Berke Partners, offers a curated bookshelf, creative seating, and a rock-climbing wall for active play. Teens will also appreciate their dedicated hangout space one flight upstairs.
11 Hoyt – Downtown Brooklyn
At 11 Hoyt, the youngest residents have the privilege of exploring the Michaelis Boyd-designed playroom. This imaginative space features tent-like hanging pods, a dynamic multi-level play structure with ladders, ropes, elevated walkways, and slides. Connected to the playroom is a colorful outdoor play area with a giant butterfly sculpture, paying homage to the migrating monarch butterflies that grace 11 Hoyt’s private park. Additionally, there’s a dedicated area for teens with a game room and Makers Studios for arts and crafts.
Sutton Tower – Sutton Place
Sutton Tower, a new 850-foot residential tower designed by renowned Danish architectural designer Thomas Juul-Hansen, offers an amenity-rich lifestyle in the exclusive Sutton Place neighborhood. The spacious playroom is a bright, airy space, complete with a stroller annex and an interactive mural by celebrated illustrator Elanna Allen, where children can express their creativity freely. The Game Room provides entertainment for the entire family with a golf simulator, foosball, ping pong, and vintage arcades.
378 West End Avenue – Upper West Side
Located in the sought-after Upper West Side neighborhood, 378 West End Avenue is a luxury condominium designed by COOKFOX. The building boasts a colorful playroom fully equipped with custom reading nooks, activity walls, and a large performance stage for imaginative play. This playroom is truly a child’s oasis, offering a plethora of activities to ensure no child ever experiences boredom.
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