Sun City Park Machida contains 215 units of independent living in a two phase continuing care retirement community, located in a suburban Tokyo neighborhood. The majority of the residential units look south into a national forest providing something rare in modern Japan: privacy and forest views from each unit. The two phases are on opposite sides of a local arterial. The client received permission from the authorities to build a bridge connecting the two phases. This feature allows residents in both phases to share common areas and other areas unique to each phase.
BAR's architectural strategy was to break down the scale of the building vertically by stepping roof heights horizontally by using an undulating building plan. This type of building massing allowed for a picturesque project—somewhat reminiscent of an emperor's mountain villa. Public spaces include a formal reception, lobby lounge, library, and dining rooms with both garden and forest views. A skylight swimming pool and spa building is shaped like a traditional Japanese farm house.