Real estate developers are tapping top landscape architects to create thoughtful, private green spaces in new residential communities. These talents manage to mimic the great outdoors within hyper-urban environments and include walking trails that circle high-rise towers, sky-high parks, and even adult treehouses reserved for residents only. The condominium gardens provide exposure to nature that, according to a recent University of Vermont study, delivers mental health benefits, including a reduction in stress levels and time spent ruminating on negative thoughts, as well as an increased sense of wellbeing. Outdoor sports and other recreational activities also offer direct links to health, decreasing the chances of illness while improving levels of self-motivation.
With spring now underway, let’s take a look at the coolest new condominium gardens that offer space for outdoor sports, recreational activities, and opportunities for social connection.
Neil Porter of Gustafson Porter+Bowman, an award-winning landscape architecture practice that has received public acclaim for creating projects like the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park (London, 2004), Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek (Amsterdam, 2006), Old Market Square (Nottingham, 2007), Parque Central (Valencia, 2019) and the first ever landscape installation at the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice (2008), is now taking his talents across the pond to Miami Beach via The Perigon. The first and only new ground-up luxury development to launch directly on the ocean was designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas.
Neil Porter is creating sprawling condominium gardens around The Perigon. He designed a continuous, meandering nature trail with small alcoves for lounging and relaxing. Each alcove will have a different environment and family of plants, including tropical palms, bubbling brooks and serene water features. There will also be built in seating areas made out of imported European crushed stone.
Front & York
Front & York is a full-service, luxury urban building in DUMBO, Brooklyn’s most coveted waterfront neighborhood. The center of the development, which was designed inside and out by celebrated architect Morris Adjmi, features a half-acre private park created by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, visionaries of the beloved Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The lush oasis – one of New York City’s largest private parks – can be entered through the building’s lobby. Besides creating verdant ground-floor views and a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living, this dynamic space serves as a beautiful viewing garden from the surrounding homes, a quiet break from the busy city, and a lively space to play outside.
One Manhattan Square
One Manhattan Square is a vertical village located in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side with over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. The property features an expansive and beautiful private outdoor garden that is adjacent to the lobby.
Designed by West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, the private outdoor garden is the largest private garden in New York City. The green space has both active and peaceful spaces including outdoor grilling and dining areas, ping-pong tables, a putting green, children’s playground, romantic fire pits, a WiFi-outfitted adult tree house, tea pavilion, and stargazing observatory. It is truly a private sanctuary in the heart of the city.
40 West 12th Street
Designed by Atlanta-based firm Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, 40 West 12th Street is a 16-story tower that sits within a massive $530 million mixed-use development that lured both Google and the Epicurean. The condominium, developed by Selig Enterprises and Rockefeller Group, features 64 stunning residences and a medley of exceptional amenities.
An outdoor deck connects each building. Dubbed the “Sky Terrace,” the space boasts views of the Atlanta skyline, a shared event lawn, a hotel pool and bar, as well as private, resident-only grilling stations and lounge areas. The landscape architecture connecting the office, Epicurean and 40 West 12th was designed by the Atlanta-based firm SITE Solutions. Principal Scott Jones worked hand-in-hand with the architects at Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio to optimize the master plan and create a balance between design and function. The space serves as a gathering point for residents, office workers and hotel guests, and will be programmed with a host of events and activities year-round.
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