The architects and designers of top residential buildings take outdoor amenities to a new level and equip these spaces with previously unheard-of features. These “urban backyards” boast sprawling lawns and even rooftop orchards with an edible landscape and seating clusters.
393 West End Avenue
Architecture and design firm CetraRuddy drew inspiration from private homes when designing the amenity spaces within 393 West End Avenue. The ground floor of this reimagined Prewar building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side features a series of inviting spaces that seamlessly flows from one room to the next, eventually spilling onto a garden courtyard with ample seating, greenery, and access to fresh air.
The building’s enchanted forest-inspired children’s playroom – known as “The Cottage” – opens onto its own dedicated outdoor space called “The Porch”.
One Prospect Park West
Reflecting the greenery of nearby Prospect Park, One Prospect Park West high-end condominium boasts landscape design from ODA. The design firm completely reimagined the expectations of Brooklyn’s residential rooftops and created an edible landscape of pick-your-own apple orchards and herbs, plus foliage, grass, and seating clusters.
Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s creative Bushwick neighborhood, 373 Palmetto is a newly constructed luxury condominium designed to reflect the increased desire for garden-style outdoor space. Though boutique in scale, the building’s developers were able to integrate an additional, suburban-inspired outdoor space through the building’s communal rooftop. The team incorporated a large grassy turf to mimic a lawn and create a sky-high backyard experience for residents.
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