This proactive provider was looking to enhance its senior living community with additional independent living units, a modern amenity package, and memory care beds in order to solidify its position in the market in preparation for potential competition. The new community components were planned on an adjacent property with an existing water feature. The design team aligned the access points of the new and existing projects in order to create one major intersection on campus. In addition, a bridge was constructed over the highway to enhance accessibility and foster a greater sense of community across campus. The new buildings offer eclectic Florida Craftsman-style architecture and were positioned to wrap around and embrace the natural water feature. Departing from typical coastal influences, the exterior and interior explore clean lines, a mix of textures, a vibrant palette and inspired accents. Taking cues from the local Mount Dora art scene, the project features numerous art installations by local artists and highlights the iconic community lighthouse.
The casual comfort of lakeside living drives the design with an emphasis on picturesque views and ample daylight. A modern twist on Florida Craftsman architecture with cues from the local art scene is explored with clean lines, textural materials, a vibrant palette and inspired artistic accents.
Mount Dora is considered a hub of arts and culture. Lakeside celebrates this piece of community pride by incorporating artistic highlights throughout the commons areas and memory care—corridor gallery walls, a commissioned mural by a local artist and thoughtful expressions of the iconic lighthouse.
The new commons area invites residents from across campus to enjoy lakeside amenities. Views/access to the outdoors is emphasized in every space. A pool/patio area leads to a lakeside boardwalk. This unique experience enhances accessibility, connecting all of the residents on this side of campus.
A highlight of the project is the addition of two, 16-unit Lakehouses. This unique housing option in the market appeals to consumer demands while meeting the need for increased density on campus. Great care was taken to ensure all units were focused inward on the lake and boardwalk connection. Each unit is designed with an open plan to provide multiple points of access to natural light. Gracious screened-in lanais allow residents to enjoy the outdoors no matter the season. Each Lakehouse provides indoor/outdoor communal socialization space that supports casual interactions or planned programming.