The town center at Mt. Miguel Village is the heart and soul of the campus—a gathering place, a timeless gem of Spanish Colonial Revival design style, and a cohesive, highly collaborative venture between our interiors and architectural teams.
Because Mt. Miguel is located in Southern California, where the mild weather means interior and exterior spaces readily overlap, its architecture heavily informs our interior design. Working together, our teams created a smooth, holistic experience throughout the entire town center. For example, the Kiva fireplace is viewable from both inside and outside the lobby, and a trellis in the bistro complements a similar outdoor trellis to bring the outside in. High, rounded windows with mullions and tall ceilings fill Mt. Miguel Town Center with natural light and an open, airy atmosphere. We even had the opportunity to incorporate specialty furnishings given to the community—notably, a grandfather clock and big desk in the library—tying together the whole FF&E/interiors/architecture package.
All of which is to say that we were highly intentional in translating the style for Mt. Miguel Town Center. In portals between spaces, we created special wood wraps and casings with local, hand-painted decorative Spanish tiles, placed just so with a bright splash of color against the white stucco walls. We placed these same tiles on the exterior stairs, like a work of art, with articulated risers that extend past the wall and custom railings strategically marked with the Mt. Miguel logo. Not everybody immediately notices such subtle details, but they make all the difference.
At the other end of the spectrum, our interior design supports the town center’s renewed program, from the pool and bistro to the entryway that connects to the beautiful landscaping outside. Younger visitors seeing their grandparents now have a video game space as well as a family room. Seniors skilled in woodworking can now use a fully functional woodshop, which is directly informed from residents’ feedback. The multipurpose activity room has a folding partition for larger community events; a breakout space functions as an art gallery for residents’ work, and the wall between the dining room and the theater can be opened for live-music performances. These amenities, together with the salon, barber shop, clinic, movie theater, and fitness space, are meant to enhance the genuine community-minded spirit of Mt. Miguel Town Center.
We came into this project knowing how proud residents were to live here. Our collaborative, timeless design, inside and out, manifests the community pride of this special place today and for years to come.