Wiencek + Associates was inspired to design a craftsman-style new affordable, independent, senior community that would respond to the emotional feel of this unique site and create a community that could be accomplished as a naturalistic response to his initial “walk in the woods.”
Two curvilinear four-story residential buildings define the structure of the site, each set at a different elevation with a full story of height between them. An axial joining corridor focused on a central community space pavilion defines the center of the site and allows for the connection of the two residential wings with gentle sloping corridors. The central turret of the one-story community hub is visually linked to the tapered taller towers which anchor the ends of the two residential wings. The walkways surrounding the buildings also respond to the natural grades and surrounding woods leading to the fully forested lower part of the site for residents to enjoy the natural setting with views back toward the multi-faceted building. Nature and the site become a major amenity as does the layering of the building materials within the flanking woodland.
The two residential buildings contain 252 units plus unique amenity spaces in the tapered towers offering floor-to-ceiling windows. The single-story community center building provides a linkage between the two outer buildings serving as the primary main entrance to the community, along with management offices, and various amenity spaces for residents, including lounges, fireplaces, screen porches, a communal dining area and exercise facilities all with focused views of the woods.
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