337 Garden



New York, NY



337 Garden, located in Chelsea, New York City, transforms a rear yard originally laid out in the early 1800s into a contemporary outdoor urban oasis and extension of one of Manhattan’s largest townhouses. The design incorporates 106 Manhattan schist slabs recycled and reconfigured to create a series of new garden rooms and a new cantilevered staircase that provides access to the garden from the remodeled second-floor living room.


Six carefully sited large canopy Tulip Polar trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) articulate the spatial structures of the newly defined garden rooms. Their stately vertical growth habit, dramatic fall color, and high canopy flowers make for a green canopy ceiling, increase shade and are recognized as the number one carbon sequestering tree in New York City. The layout of the garden provides an intimate area for Matthew Ritchie’s sculpture entitled, “Night Drawing (Composition No. 3)”, an added focal point on the upper terrace. The garden walls consist of reinvigorated vine plantings and a painterly mix of ferns, flowering perennials and ground covers carpeting the garden floor. Tow set of stone stairs tie the upper and lower terraces together. Custom accent lighting celebrates the intimate moments found within the garden by illuminating a variety of intricate materials and textures. The cantilevered staircase recedes into tree canopies and lush green planting to provide a smooth transition from the historical brownstone character into the contemporary feel of the garden below. Three sweeping grand windows inspired vey the vision for the garden redefine the remodeled living room on the second floor, providing a visually rich connection between the indoor and outdoor living rooms.