We designed this large public courtyard for a co-op apartment building overlooking Central Park. The space is meant to be enjoyed by multiple groups of people, with separate areas for dining, seating, and lounging. It’s adjacent to a large playground, which makes it the perfect place for gatherings for birthday parties and get-togethers. Our design included a custom-built stone fountain, a large circular tree bench, and all of the furniture and plantings. One of the biggest challenges to designing the space was making use of the existing bluestone, while at the same time introducing new bluestone, in a way that still looked seamless and beautiful. Our solution was to create separate nooks, walkways, and outdoor rooms using the new bluestone in a way that felt natural and well planned.