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March 13, 2008

BAR Architects Wins Design Competition for International Senior Housing Project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Selected from a group of international architects, BAR Architects was awarded the commission to design the Sun City Palace Tachikawa-–known locally as Sun City Palace Showa Kinen Koen for its adjacency to a famous regional park-—for HealthCare Japan, the premier developer of Japanese luxury senior residential facilities.

The BAR team, led by Principals Richard Beard, AIA and Mark Koester, AIA, in collaboration with SWA Group, landscape architects and planners, and BAMO interior designers, presented a conceptual design that blends the natural beauty of the Showa Kinen Park with the clean and elegant lines. From the entry approach down a wooded estate drive along the park’s edge to the incorporation of expansive dining and library gardens, BAR’s design unites the park’s edge to the project boundaries. The client was drawn to BAR’s creation of a unique community in which architecture is integrated with the natural beauty of the landscape and nature is given a primary place in the daily lives of residents.

The Tachikawa represents BAR Architects’ 10th senior housing project in Japan over the past 15 years. BAR’s approach to senior housing has established a new direction in design for aging that recognizes vitality and social activity as critical to the wellness and health of seniors. Their most recently constructed senior housing project, Takarazuka, was the recipient of eight design awards in 2007 including special recognition by the Design for Aging Awards sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA).