Central to The Ackerly at Sherwood’s design is active, vibrant senior living, especially for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other ailments. People’s mental and physical wellbeing—their happiness—defined our design outcomes. Moreover, Sherwood needed more senior living support. Before The Ackerly at Sherwood, the growing town had only a single senior housing community.
During The Ackerly at Sherwood’s development, its triangle-shaped site, an empty field and parking lot that had stymied previous development attempts, presented both a design challenge and an opportunity. Working with Providence Health & Services, Deacon Development, Rembold, and Pence, Ankrom Moisan assisted with the redevelopment of this underserved corner of Sherwood with the addition of The Ackerly at Sherwood. By adapting to local zoning laws and an atypical site, The Ackerly at Sherwood’s programming bridges retail, single-family houses, and healthcare (a Providence medical facility is located right next door).
The building’s form, too, is defined by the site’s plan. Like the letter Y, The Ackerly at Sherwood comprises three separate and natural light-filled wings, joining at a central axis with shared amenities and staff offices. Yet another benefit of the site’s oddball shape: It opens up a tremendous variety of outdoor spaces for gardening, exercising, socializing, dog-walking, and just relaxing. A walking path circumnavigates the full property, with an enclosed interior path set aside for memory-care residents.
The Ackerly’s Northwest modern style reflects nearby commercial buildings, and triangle-shaped rustic/modern lap siding references the neighborhood’s residential design language. Immediately upon entering, residents are treated to a 270-degree view of ground-floor amenities that are simultaneously open and discrete, characterized by distinct finishes and ceiling treatments. Structurally, butterfly trusses and wooden beams further express the Ackerly at Sherwood’s material relationship with its surroundings. Functionally, folding walls enclose or merge spaces, depending on need. For example, should the adjacent activity room require it, the wall separating the bistro-slash-coffee bar folds in to invite a crowd.
Designed around such innovative urban multifamily housing principles, The Ackerly at Sherwood feels like home—a lively, safe, hospitable, and service-oriented home filled with light and life.