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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Taikang " Lu Garden " Life Plan Community XIAMEN, CHINA
Submitted by: THW Design ATLANTA
To construct the client's vision of
an urban senior living community
with onsite healthcare (hospital) on
three separate city blocks divided
by a multi-lane roadway required
elevated pedestrian walkways/
courtyards connecting all areas of
the community to one another and
the healthcare facility. The High Line
constructed in New York City was
the inspiration for the pedestrian
garden above the roadways. THW
Design's approach to site planning
and building design incorporated a

local historical architectural building
style, Tulou, which promotes social
interaction and community vitality,
which also provided a solution to
connect the three separate lots. Tulou
has a defense function, symbolizing
safe harbor (fortress) for seniors.
The two southern parcels were
established as the best location for
the Commons area with independent
living units in towers facing south.
Healthcare would be placed on the
north parcel, also allowing units
facing south with ample outdoor
courtyard space for different care
levels (assisted living, memory care,
and skilled nursing). 
The main dining and living spaces
were placed above street level. The
key to the design was the elevated
walkway structure allowing all three
community services and activity
spaces above the street to be linked
together.  
The elevated garden would
provide safe pedestrian access, a
primary outdoor living space for
residents, and social spaces such as
fitness areas, dance plazas, resident
gardens, amphitheater, outdoor dining areas, and other social gathering
spaces. The design promotes health
and wellness, social confluence, and
connectivity in a secure environment. All resident units overlook the
gardens and courtyards at grade.

Project category: Project-in-progress
Firm: THW Design, www.thw.com
Design team: Jake Friend, director of design international
operation; Song Cheng, project manager; Mark Tilden, designer;
Wei Chen, China team manager; Huadong Guo, China team
coordinator
Renderings: THW Design - China Team
Number/type of housing units: 264 assisted living/skilled
nursing; 1,400 independent living
Total building area (sq. ft.): 1,049,481
Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not available
Total construction cost (excluding land): Not available
Completion: June 2021 (Phase I)

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