Merrill Gardens University, Seattle, Washington
Merrill Gardens University
Seattle, Washington
The University of Washington location was a unique opportunity to influence the interior design of this 335,076-square-foot retirement and multifamily complex surrounding a landscaped central courtyard. The project is comprised of a 123-unit senior living building and a 120-unit apartment building. The apartment building was originally designed for independent living seniors, but the need for housing near the University has created a unique mixture of seniors and college-age residents.
Notable challenges were the lower ceilings and an abundance of columns derived from the building type and height restrictions. As the design progressed, however, the challenges became the strength of this interior concept. The columns became the anchor for French-door-like room dividers, creating an interior reminiscent of traditional academia. The lower ceilings infuse the spaces with a residential intimacy, accented by the use of warm woods and calming colors. The interiors also celebrate this relationship with the campus in featuring a historical mural depicting a past era of the UW crew team, shown rowing through the Montlake cut that joins Seattleā€™s Lake Union and Lake Washington. The interior design incorporated the space planning, finishes, furniture selections and artwork selections for the entire project. This included the independent- and assisted-living building lobby, living room, library, game room, bistro/wine bar, private dining room, restaurant-style dining room, activity center, wellness center, spa, salon, theater, residential units, and support staff spaces. It also included the Corydon Apartment building lobbies, fitness room, theater and media center as well as the finishes for the apartments and outdoor furnishings for the courtyard.
2011 Merit Award, Long Term Living magazine, "Design Environments for Aging 2011"