Willow Valley challenged the design team to envision an upscale apartment model that would reflect the community’s high standards for sophisticated spaces that would appeal to active adults. Supportive design was not to be obtained at the expense of a gracious sense of vitality.
The five-story apartment community occupies a prime hilltop location allowing for underground parking as well as commanding views toward the city of Lancaster on one side and surrounding farmland on the other side. The 53 luxury residences are spacious, light-filled apartment homes featuring oversized windows, fireplaces and built-in casework. Generous spaces for gathering and entertaining include a 360 degree rooftop terrace, dining room, library, community meeting rooms and a catering kitchen for residents to use for private parties.
Award: Senior Housing News, Architectural Design Awards, Independent Living Category Winner
Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography
Master planning resulted in multi-phased campus updates and replacement housing. Phase one encompassed 76 “pocket neighborhood” cottages and loft-style apartments over new town center spaces. Each pocket neighborhood is comprised of seven cottage homes overlooking a courtyard. The “over-under” cottages in each pocket neighborhood maximize site utilization. Main Street amenities, many of which are open to the surrounding community, include a bistro, coffee shop, garden center, art studio, wellness center and auditorium. Phase 2 includes new assisted living, replacement healthcare, children’s daycare, and additional pocket neighborhoods.
Awards: Award of Merit, AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Honorable Mention – Independent Living; Senior Housing News Design Awards and Merit Award in the Environments for Aging Design Showcase
Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography, Steve Wanke Photography