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September 12, 2007

Takarazuka Selected for AIA Publication, Design for Aging Review 9

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Receiving Special Recognition, Sun City Takarazuka was selected for the AIA publication, Design for Aging Review (DFAR) Nine.

A total of 72 submissions were received from 42 design firms in 27 different states. Takarazuka will appear in both the DFAR Nine traveling exhibit and publication. Sun City Takarazuka, a 285-unit continuum of care retirement community in Osaka, Japan, marks a significant milestone in the continued tradition of design excellence for San Francisco architectural design firm BAR Architects.

Takarazuka was also awarded the NAHB 50-Plus Overall Community Award for a Congregate Living Community. Noting the harmony of design, NAHB jurors commented that it is a “Beautifully conceived project. Décor is distinctive yet comfortable. The landscapes are serene, reflecting an Asian minimalist tradition, inviting you to connect with outdoor rooms. The indoor and outdoor design elements are in total harmony.” Designed with the amenities and architectural details of a contemporary five-star hotel, Takarazuka breaks new ground in demonstrating that large senior living environments can reflect an intimacy, sophistication and cultural sensitivity that is modern, appealing and residential in character.

In 2007 Takarazuka was also recipient of MultiHousing News’ Design Excellence Award for both the Senior and International categories and the Grand Award for best international project at the 2007 Gold Nugget Awards co-sponsored by PCBC and Builder. The project has also been featured in several publications including Interior Design, the San Diego Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle.