After more than a century of dumping toxins into the air and water, humans are finally embracing concepts that sustained the species for tens of thousands of years. It is clear that people and nature must live in harmony. And these five developments showcase just how stunning this type of living can be.

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An apartment room with floor-to-ceiling windows

The Flatiron House isn’t a single house, it has 44 residences. This project is two distinct buildings connected by a shared interior garden. There is a self-watering irrigation system that feeds water to the plants and covered terraces. Plants cover the 222-square-feet latticework that creates the balconies for these residences. This is literally green living, and it is a stunning creation.

A pavilion of outdoor seating among plants with high rises in the background

The Brooklyn building known as 11 Hoyt has an elevated private park that is truly unlike anything else in New York City. The building itself encompasses almost a city block and includes areas for exercise and relaxation. There are native flowers and trees, lawn areas, a yoga area and fitness deck, an outdoor spa pool and a butterfly-themed playground.

An outdoor seating area amidst planters and trees

One Essex Crossing is a 14-story luxury condo building in New York City’s Lower East Side. There is a garden on the sixth floor, with spaces for grilling and relaxing. There is a wraparound private roof terrace, a truly breathtaking feature that is open to all residents and offers plenty of room for all residents to enjoy the amazing features.

An outdoor seating overlooking a river and skyline

The Solaire is in Battery Park City overlooking the Hudson. The design favors natural light. There are also roof terraces, BBQ grills and seating areas for residents to enjoy. This development encourages outdoor living and interconnectivity to nature.

An outdoor seating area at night attached to an apartment building

Water and air filtration systems keep this condo development at 378 West End Avenue in Manhattan’s Upper West Side super green-friendly. There’s also a saltwater lap pool and a private garden for residents to enjoy.

Images via Flatiron House, 11 Hoyt, One Essex Crossing, The Solaire and 378 West End Avenue