7 ARCHI TECT OF RECORD Asai Architectural Research DESIGN ARCHI TECT Richard Beard Architects (Portions of this work were executed by Richard Beard while he was a principal at BAR Architect.) OWNER/CLIENT Confidential PHOTOGRAPHS/ I L L U S T R AT I O N S Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers CONTRACTOR Kajima Corporation L ANDSCAPE ARCHI TECT SWA Group INTERIOR DESIGN BAMO T O K Y O R E P R E S E N TAT I V E MD Associates GSF OF NEW CONSTRUCTION 508,000 D AT E O F C O M P L E T I O N June 2017 The design of this CCRC was intended to bring high standards of design, care, and service for seniors to the Kansai region of Japan. Creating a large yet integrated urban community in this redevelopment district-that was rapidly transitioning from industrial to residential use-was of paramount importance. The commission provided a unique opportunity to design a landmark property for the client that emphasized community, care, and comfort. The most unique feature of the project is the arrangement of the major architectural program elements and the development of a significant garden space in a high-density urban context. Culturally, gardens of this nature are important to this user group. Public amenities are placed on the south side of the site as the public face of the community, and to allow a maximum amount of sunlight into the central courtyard. Sun orientation and views are both extremely important in the marketing of independent living units. FROM THE JURY "The interaction of the gardens and Zen-like amenity spaces is calming and fits the culture. The highquality landscape design is next level, bringing opportunities to connect with nature and healthcare."