No, it isn’t a novelty. Having access to real greenery is now considered an important amenity for luxury developments within New York City. Manhattan residents have long been frustrated, growing tired of being alienated from a more organic environmental lifestyle because of their choice of apartment.
But that itchy brown and grey issue has thoroughly been turned a radiant green by the new condos in the Flatiron District NYC luxury tower, which, among other things, boast self-irrigating gardens. This new property “reconnects” residents with a more natural world, bringing the outside in via biophilic design principles, which include nature in the space, nature of the space, and natural analogues, all referring to the direct presence of nature reflected in all interactions. These guiding principles promote health, well-being and the nourishing symbiosis of indoor/outdoor living.
Flatiron House was designed by Cookfox Architects, a leader in biophilic design. The terra-cotta-and-glass structure was developed by Anbau, featuring greenery from a series of irrigated loggias extending up the facades. Two distinct buildings, the Tower on 23rd Street, and the loft on 24th street, are connected by a shared interior garden that join a total of 44 residences. This lush garden in the midst of the city also prescribes to biophilic design principles, providing a truly peaceful green focal point and organic natural refuge containing flowering plants and trees.
As mentioned above, most of the newly constructed units will come outfitted with gardens set on deep loggias which will possess self-watering irrigation systems to allow plants to flourish and sprout through each Juliet balcony’s latticework, with perforated railings that serve as trellises. Talk about furthering a “green” DNA landscaping philosophy!
Designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based landscape architect Future Green Studio, available plant species that come with each condo acquisition include alpine strawberry, lowbush blueberry, lavender, oregano, periwinkle, and thyme to contribute to cuisine as well as inform sensory memory with natural scents, contributing to the close and palpable connection to nature.