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yards and integrates existing
heritage oak trees as major
design features. The main
courtyard frames a heritage
oak tree, serves as a primary
outdoor gathering space for
socializing and activities,
provides access to the adjacent
mixed-use community and
children's play yard, and offers views of local regional
landmark Mt. Diablo. The secondary courtyard is a quieter
space and includes an outdoor
connection to the arts and
crafts room, water fountain,
quiet space for reading, and
raised beds for the resident
garden program.
Viamonte's most innovative
quality is its seamless placement within The Orchards
larger mixed-use development. The design integrates
the residence into the overall
development in a manner that
connects the main courtyard
to adjacent open spaces with
walking paths to nearby
amenities. The public open
space adjoining the main
courtyard creates a multigenerational environment, further
engaging residents with the
surrounding community.
The exterior design treatment is an elegant, warm, contemporary look, compatible
with the new adjacent retail
complex and neighboring
buildings. Facades are characterized by a lively pattern
of projections and recesses,
material changes, and are animated by balconies and large
glazed areas.
Public art occurs throughout the richly landscaped site.
Exterior art pieces that were
part of a city-sponsored public
art program include a sculptural fence at the main court-

yard with a pattern designed
to be evocative of the sun
dappled light under the towering heritage oak. The building
interiors are enhanced with an
unusually robust art program
with pieces full of color and
texture, many of which are
focal points in key spaces.

Project category: New construction
Chief administrator: Melody Mitchell, executive director
Firm: HKIT Architects, www.hkit.com
Design team: HKIT Architects (architect); Sequoia Living (owner); Greenbrier Development (development consultant); StudioSIX5 (interior design)
Photography: Michael Lowry Photography, Inc.
Number/type of housing units: 174 independent living, 10 memory care,
7 assisted living
Total building area (sq. ft.): 295,561 (excluding parking garage)
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $445
Total construction cost (excluding land): $131.8 million
Completed: December 2020

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