Osaka, Japan
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BAR's design for this senior community in Osaka consists of three towers housing 599 independent living units and one building housing 200 nursing care rooms located on a large suburban site.

Designers responded to the site conditions by dividing it in half for a new city park and for the community, giving the two occupancies separate entries at opposite ends of the project. The main entry was placed along the edge of the park to provide a long drive leading up to the arrival court at the center of the site in order to give the community a sense of exclusivity.

Not wanting the make the community too quiet, BAR designed the arrival court with neighborhood characteristics, including a sidewalk with street trees, common areas, and a sidewalk café. A promenade provides circulation between the three towers and wraps around four sides of the central garden. The main public space of the project has views into the garden with a reflecting pool that surrounds a floating tea pavilion. The swimming pool and spa, screened porch, exercise and aerobics, club dining and learning center wrap around the activity garden.