Modena Reserve at Kensington

Modena Reserve is part of the Solera Senior Living suite. Their philosophy breaks down barriers between Assisted Living and Independent Living by providing a crossover of lifestyles. Assisted Living residents have the choice to dine and lounge on AL apartment floors or choose to interact with other residents on the main floor. Solera’s Lifestyle Integration focusses on creating relationships and reducing agism rather than segregating residents based on ADL’s. Staff interacts daily with residents that equals or surpasses the finest hotels and resorts. This level of resident services is complimented by the level of activities and architectural detail.

Modena Reserve is in Kensington, Maryland which heritage dates to 1689. The area is rich with history and residents whole-heartedly embrace its tradition. There are historic districts, tours, and websites dedicated to preserving their town. In 1980, Kensington’s Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1891 the famous B&O railroad came to Kensington. The town continues to celebrate what is now a commuter line. Today, Kensington is home to slightly over 2000 residents. The 2-acre property is an infill site and located within a five-to-ten-minute walk to restaurants, bookstores, consignment shops, antique stores, post office, farmers’ market, pharmacy, and grocery store. The neighboring buildings ranges from one-story historical homes to three and five story commercial buildings.

Modena Reserve includes 25 Memory Care apartments on floor two, 46 Assisted Living apartments on floors two and three, and 63 Independent Living apartments on floors one, four, and five. There is a subterranean parking garage for residents and staff. Without fully understanding the cultural and historical significance, the initial concept took a more progressive design using bright colors and more contemporary materials. The design team learned the importance of the town’s history, culture, and its connection to agriculture and rail through the input and assistance of the neighborhood and town. Although many of the homes in the town are not on the nation’s historic registry, some are historically significant to the Town of Kensington. This includes two homes found on the property. 

Kensington, MD
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
162,391 SF
McCaffery, Solera, and AEW Capital Management
Solera Senior Living
AOR: Antunovich Associates / Design: Lantz-Boggio Architects
Interior Design Firm:
Lantz Boggio / Architects
Wohlsen Construction
Peak Visuals

Kensington’s history opened the possibilities to design a building that blended into the town and interacted with the community. Using traditional materials found within the city and contemporary materials provided a building that is well received by the locals and newer generations of older adults.

Two historical homes on the property, next to a commuter rail to D.C., serve as a cafe for the surrounding neighborhood. These homes tastefully connect to the main building so that residents can interact with commuters & reminisce of the times they would head into the nation’s capital for business.

Akin to an exclusive, 5-star, service-focused community. Art classes, coffee at the train depot, card games with friends and activities that stimulate the mind, body & spirit like fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and concerts can be experienced in person or live streaming in your residence.

Photographer Credit: Peak Visuals