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Nakoma Sky

three: living architecture

Project Description

Recently, Rocky Berg, principal and director of senior living business development at three: living architecture, spoke at The Greystone Event about upcoming trends taking place within the senior living industry. He focused on how he bridges the gap between generations in a master-planned mixed-use development, makes design decisions that architecturally blend an expansion with an existing property and uses the local flavor and natural environment in the design. While speaking, he explained that if an expansion is not an option for a community, an operator may look into building a sister community located on a different site or in another city. In Tucson, Arizona, the operators of highly successful La Posada senior living community decided to do just that. Backed by an outstanding public reputation based on 30 years of service in Green Valley, south of Tucson, the La Posada leadership is leveraging its established knowledge and expertise to develop a new community in the Oro Valley, north of Tucson. Nakoma Sky will further diversify and expand the market and widen revenue potential in one of the nation’s most sought-after active aging hotspots. Nakoma Sky’s site is nestled in between two mountain ranges on an untouched natural desert landscape, so Koerner and his design team have thoughtfully "nested" the multi-storied building into the undulating topography. The goal is to bring the outside in and make sure that residents have the feeling of being outdoors while enjoying the comforts of their own home. The team blurred the lines between inside and out, cross-pollinating materials, using an abundance of glass and designing around numerous intimate outdoor living spaces. Residents will move freely between inside and outside, so Nakoma Sky has a very open, flexible design concept. The swimming pool was organically designed with an infinity edge that is used for swimming during the day but transforms into art at sunset, reflecting the mountains and the floating fire pots.
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