Play at Home With 12 Recreation Spaces

Work from home, play from home. Get inspired by these 12 spaces for ample recreation and lounging. 

1. Architect Scott Glass Uses Unfinished Cypress Cladding on His Hamptons Weekend Home

A windowed light well and a skylight illuminate the basement rec room, which boasts a 10-foot ceiling and polished concrete floor. Photography by Joseph McHugh.

2. Architects Team Up to Create House with a Tango Studio for Dance-Crazy Clients

The “reading nest” next to the library features a wall-to-wall hammock that’s also the ceiling of the mud room below. Photography by Eric Laignel.

3. Firms Join Forces to Give Organic Form to a Family Villa in Melbourne

In the children's lounge, Kip & Co. velvet beanbags and custom benches piled high with pillows provide comfortable seating. Photography by Lisa Cohen/Living Inside.

4. Chorrillos, Chile Residence by WMR Arquitectos Combines Vernacular Architecture and Modern Minimalism

The family home consists of a barnlike structure with a crisp, gabled roof in pre-patinated zinc. Inside, its pine trusses are exposed—a nod to rural vernaculars. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

5. A Sense of Calm Reigns at a California Country Retreat by Pfau Long Architecture

A custom cast-concrete ping-pong table on the north terrace can also be used for outdoor dining. Photography by Art Gray.

6. TriBeCa Renovation by Damon Liss and Wunderground Makes Room for Play

In the apartment’s playroom, a custom blackened-steel ladder rises alongside Italian 1960s sconces in handblown glass. Photography by Garrett Rowland.

7. In Martha's Vineyard, Gray Organschi and Aaron Schiller Meticulously Craft a Family Home

Tucked under the eaves, the plywood-paneled kids’ loft sleeps six; operable skylights make for apt star-gazing. Photography by David Sundberg/Esto.

8. Studio Seilern Architects Transforms a Centuries-Old Barn Into a Vibrant Art Center

The inside of the tennis pavilion, given the Richard Woods treatment during his “Country Life” show. Photography by Manolo Yllera/PHOTOfoyer.

9. Ghislaine Viñas Brings Signature Flair to Hamptons Summer House

The lower-level pool bar features a custom Sunbrella awning, towels with custom graphics by Jaime Viñas, and a bespoke foosball table. Photography by Garrett Rowland.



10. NADAAA Masterfully Renovates 1920s House With Simple Plywood

Arne Jacobsen’s chair and footrest sit in the playroom. Photography by John Horner.

11. A Grand Upper East Side Mansion Gets the Gabellini Sheppard Treatment

A light well helps illuminate the basement’s basketball half­-court, which extends beneath the rear terrace. Photography by Paul Warchol.

12. A Massive Los Angeles House by Hagy Belzberg and Delta Wright

The playroom’s custom rug is wool. Photography by Art Gray.



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