As we enjoy the endless sugar cookies, sparkling lights and priceless time with family–our hearts are also with the seniors living in the buildings we design this holiday season.
There is no equivalent to being surrounded by family in the comfort of our own home. There are no rivals to the nostalgia of signature family dishes passed down from generations of grandmothers–enjoyed once around the holiday table, and then again as a midnight snack (aka the additional “sliver” of pumpkin pie that we all know is really a hearty slice!). It’s hard to imagine a day where our family customs may be exchanged, at least in part, for the reassurance of safety and prompt access to medical care. Yet, that is the case for thousands of seniors whose celebration of the holidays has evolved in tandem with their transition into retirement living and senior care communities.
Our hope is that seniors are able to stay independent and in the comfort of their own home as long as possible–whether it’s at the address where they’ve raised a family or that of a retirement community which supports their current lifestyle and needs.
As seniors’ needs begin to shift towards a higher level of care, our buildings are designed to support them every step of the way. And while they may not be the same walls their children’s heights are scrawled on, they are walls thoughtfully designed to provide a comfortable extension of home. They are walls that represent so much more than the materials they are comprised of. To seniors and their families, the senior living communities we design represent peace of mind, quality of life, friendship and laughter.
“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”
― Sarah Dessen, Author
The word “Lenity” means the quality of being mild or gentle towards others. We strive to live up to our name by creating spaces where seniors feel loved, supported and safe. We create spaces where the transition to community life is gentle and changes to seniors’ independence are as mild as possible. Honoring seniors in the best way we know how–through the gifts of our team–is the Lenity Way.
As the Lenity Architecture team closes out this year and begins a new one, we’re grateful for the people who give our work special meaning and significance. We are thankful for our amazing clients, the building managers and staff whose caring knows no bounds, and the remarkable individuals who live within the walls we help build.
Thank you, and happy holidays from the Lenity Architecture family.
In a world where finite resources and creativity in conservation are key, the ECLIPTIC at Sunriver is a tribute to one of the most powerful of all known energy sources–the sun.
The 1460 sq. ft. building is sited to mirror the curve of the sun’s path throughout the year. Such orientation allows potential passive solar energy to be captured by the building through passive solar design. Horizontal and vertical fins act as solar control allowing or denying the sun’s energy into the building at various times of the year.
The arc design is deliberate, powerful and simple. The building’s renovation and massing steps to the west create a hierarchy of forms culminating in a tower element which compliments adjacent buildings and provides a gateway to The Village at Sunriver. The interior curve forms an intimate plaza and entry node for the visitor experience. The interior/exterior seating area within the curve–with its garage doors and operable adjacent windows–bring the beauty of the outdoors in.
The roof form is slightly concave and the intersection with the tower element was challenging. Extensive coordination and detailed computer modeling was used to accurately describe the structure for the builders.
The building’s goal was to house a coffee shop with drive through. An internal access road was created to serve the drive through and join the two previously unconnected parking areas of the site. The windows and vegetated screens create a procession and rhythm at the front of the building’s length.
ECLIPTIC at Sunriver celebrates place, site and our time within it.
The 128 unit, 122,267 Sq. Ft . Heritage Meadows retirement community, located on the main road through downtown Cambridge, brings an urban flair to the traditional senior housing design. The striking James Hardie panel siding, trimmed with Fry Reglet aluminum moldings gives the building a stately modern presence that stands out among independent living communities.
Working with limited space, the design incorporates additional parking under the building giving the north side of the facility the appearance of being five stories tall. The built-in parking created the ideal space in the interior of the building for a gym and wellness center. Curved soffits and ceilings lend a sense of fluidity and movement to the gym and its adjoining kitchen area.
Another unique feature at Heritage Meadows is the large outdoor covered patio and gas fireplace nestled comfortably between a gently winding path and grassy area. Together with a number of common areas spread throughout the building, Heritage Meadows is designed to encourage interaction, movement and contribute to senior’s quality of life.
Vancouver’s Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel recently opened its doors after a year long design and build process. Designed by Lenity Architecture, the four storied, 99 room hotel features an indoor swimming pool and other amenities appealing to the business class traveler.
“As a Hilton franchised property, the design guidelines were very stringent. It’s rewarding to see a project like this come together through close collaboration with the client, franchisor and the architectural team. Our vision with this and every project is to provide a seamless and profitable planning, design and building experience that integrates perfectly with any existing design program. At the end of the day, our work and processes reflect our heart for the people we work with and those who enter the walls we help build.” Lee Gwyn
The seniors that live in our buildings are a cherished part of Lenity’s extended family. Their dignity, safety and independence are always at the forefront of the design process. This 89,711 sq. ft. beautiful senior living community in East Longmeadow, MA features 71 one and two bedroom assisted living suites and 32 memory care suites–each one of them thoughtfully planned and designed to enhance senior’s quality of life.
The building’s design intent was to bring as much of the surrounding area’s beauty indoors while creating an environment that fostered familiarity and friendship. Common areas such as the outdoor patios, theater, café and activity rooms invite seniors to leave their rooms and enjoy the company of others. The comforting, nostalgic flair of the interior design within these common areas recreates memories and fuels conversation.
Located just outside of Springfield, America’s 4th “Greenest City”, the building’s high ceilings and tall windows create vibrant common areas that welcome in nature’s beauty. A balcony café and activity area positioned over the dining room takes advantage of the beautiful natural light. Barnwood and hardware, salvaged from the building site, was repurposed and used as accents throughout the building marrying old and new as part of this community’s unique story.