Our design began atypically from other senior housing developments. Originally, it was intended as market-rate apartments, with senior housing to be a secondary function. The project is now comprised of nine buildings, including a retail center and 246 units of senior housing. Located adjacent to the Willamette River in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the Mary’s Woods campus is designed to encourage residents to socialize and explore the idyllic natural surroundings outside.
Providing facilities that are open to public use, our client aimed to create a significant presence in the community. So, we developed a design that features a large-scale, European village feel, as opposed to a senior living center. Our project architect George Signori, having recently returned from a research trip to Europe, studied exactly that: European villages and what makes them special.
Mary’s Woods offers a fresh alternative to seniors with a connected, public community layout.We expanded upon the existing greenspace with native landscaping to create a flexible outdoor space for residents, their families, and the public to enjoy each other’s company amid lovely natural surroundings.