Sun City Kanagawa (Hadano) is a 400-unit independent living facility in the suburbs of Tokyo. The project consists of four mid-rise buildings staggered on a hillside site. The buildings were under construction when the design team of BAR Architects, BAMO and SWA Group were hired to re-design the public space portions of the project. The design team also consulted on residential unit and corridor design.
BAR redesigned the arrival courtyard and added a porte cochere to provide covered access for heavy weather. Public spaces were reconfigured and linked by a promenade that connects the four buildings. The feel of these spaces are similar to those found in a four-star hotel. Public spaces include a formal reception, lobby lounge, library, and several dining rooms that surround an open-ended central garden courtyard which provide extended views of Mt. Fuji. Additionally, the social club, art atelier, activity, ofuro and tatami spaces orient to more intimate forested views. The rooftop, skylight swimming pool and spa is grouped with the exercise and billiards areas to give these amenities a 'healthclub' like feel. In addition, a 400-seat multi-purpose hall serves performing arts, conference, private event and dancing functions.