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Layered Residential Refuge in Midtown
Location Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Client Gotham Organization
Scope Landscape Architecture
Size .68 acres
Gotham West is a residential development west of Times Square that nearly encompasses a full city block. The space between two mid-rise buildings and a market-rate tower forms a signature courtyard accessed from the tower’s lobby. A sculptural Japanese maple, floating within a reflecting pool, serves as a focal feature. Other courtyard elements include illuminated resin benches, a bamboo grove, seating nooks under ribbed trellises, a social terrace and a berm planted with pines and cherry trees. The courtyard is softened by plant materials and organized by a series of striated gardens. The lines of these gardens respond to the club room geometry, which implies the courtyard as an extension of the club room. Above the club room roof is a private lounge deck that is surrounded by bamboo and flowering shrubs where club members can look over the courtyard. A “sky terrace” on the tower’s 31st floor extends the view from a lounge toward the skyline. A stone path extends from the lounge out into the terrace as a central spine from which various spaces can be accessed, such as an entertainment deck and bar, lawn panel, and lounge sun terrace. An iconic white illuminated resin wall helps divide the terrace uses and provides a sense of privacy between the two main lounging spaces. A water wall and misting station on axis with the central spine terminate the central terrace walk.