Great Courtyards of The World


Great Courtyards of The World

This prized courtyard is perfectly nestled between 70 Charlton’s two residential towers, providing residents with a pleasant view overlooking their own lush urban escape.


In the concrete jungle of New York City, a beautifully landscaped courtyard is more than just a welcome retreat; it’s a necessity. The master designers at Workshop/APD kept this sentiment top of mind when laying out the design for 70 Charlton’s incredible private courtyard, which features a wall of fresh green foliage, birch tree arbor, an inviting boxwood garden, and flowing water. This prized courtyard is perfectly nestled between 70 Charlton’s two residential towers, providing residents with a pleasant view overlooking their own lush urban escape. This thoughtful design, which comes as a follow up to Workshop/APD’s expert landscaping for The Printing House, is just another example of how they are creating serene living and lounging spaces that truly elevate city lifestyle.

70 Charlton may be at the top of New York City’s courtyard game, but these tranquil hideaways are popular features amongst luxury residential, commercial and historical properties worldwide. Cityscape and waterfront views can be stunning, but the level of relaxation one experiences while inhabiting a state of the art home overlooking a gentle, verdant courtyard is unmatched. Check out these spectacular modern and historic courtyards from across the globe that have helped influence today’s most spectacular designs.

1. New York Times Lobby Garden (New York, NY)

The New York Times Lobby Garden is not only aesthetically pleasing; it’s also scientifically advanced. This carefully-configured courtyard design comes as a result of several landscaping surveys and the integration of high-tech 3-D modeling computer simulations, plus the careful consideration of factors like biophilia (man’s natural inclination towards nature), solar radiation, and more. The plant species selection was influenced by seasonal climates and growing conditions at the boxed-in courtyard. The design culminated in a collection of birch wood trees atop a rich, grassy knoll, providing a perfect contrast against the building’s gleaming, golden brown hardwood floors.

2. The Cloisters Museum and Gardens (New York, NY)

Did you know that there is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art located far north in upper Manhattan with rolling, green courtyards dedicated entirely to medieval art and architecture? Experience a beautiful and unique aesthetic at The Gardens of the Cloisters, a replication of a medieval monastery laced with colorful gardens and historical structures – a breathtaking experience for botany fans and history buffs alike.

3. Alhambra (Granada, Spain)

Alhambra, which is Spanish for “The Red One”, is a historic palace and fortress originally built in 889, later rebuilt in 11th Century, and finally converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, one of Granada’s most celebrated Sultans. The renowned structure’s most prized feature is an ornate, central “Park”, which features an abundant garden filled with roses, oranges and myrtles, dense clusters of English elms, and flowing fountains and cascades. It’s here in this ancient courtyard that flocks of nightingales make themselves at home.

4. Gardens of Versailles (Versailles, France)

Perhaps one of the most extravagant courtyards in the world, the Gardens of Versailles covers nearly 2,000 acres of land, holds 200,000 trees and sees 210,000 flowers planted annually. This famous site also features 50 fountains with 620 water jets and a stunning grand canal.

5. The Bahai Gardens (Haifa, Israel)

Topping UNESCO’s World Heritage List for their “outstanding universal value”, the Bahai Gardens in Haifa are immensely popular for their unique design, their unmatched level of historical preservation and their impressive varieties of plant life. Welcoming more than 500,000 visitors annually, this garden was not influenced by one sole design, but was inspired by entire groups of people from different cultures and generations, making this one of the modern world’s most diverse courtyards.

6. Villa Lante (Lazio, Italy)

Villa Lante is a symbolic representation of humanity’s descent from the Golden Age, as based on the tale of Ovid’s Metamorphosis. It features one of the world’s earliest examples of a stepping cascade, intricate hedge work, stunning sculptures, ornate fountains and carefully placed terraces, all overlooking the spectacular geometric masterpiece.

Perhaps one of mankind’s greatest architectural innovations, the courtyard is a timeless treasure – something that has and always will fulfill the human desire for a link to nature. Thankfully, modern designs continue to prioritize these features, meaning that luxury apartment seekers never have to go without access to flawless views of their own meticulously landscaped courtyards, and the residents at 70 Charlton will be able to take pride in a spectacular courtyard that is all their own.