IKEA and Queen Silvia of Sweden are teaming up to rethink housing the elderly. The project, called SilviaBo, is an offshoot of the furniture giant’s affordable housing arm, BoKLok, and extends its same principles of wooden, prefab architecture for the masses to the world’s aging population. These days, architects and designers are being challenged to create inclusive spaces that not only offer shelter for the elderly but also promote healing and are physically accessible to people with a range of mobility and emotional energies. When choosing retirement housing, many families have anxiety over the cost of living and the often lack of social support or physical care staff available at lower-cost institutions. BoKlok and SilviaBo aim to squash that fear and claim to be at the forefront of a movement that addresses sustainability, economics, and physical well-being in elderly care. The flatpack-style SilviaBo homes are manufactured in partnership with another Swedish company, construction firm Skanska. The original units that have been in production since the late 90s still serve as the base for the new customized homes. They are assembled as prefab parts in a factory and delivered to the construction site where they are set up as one unit. Made mostly of wood, the homes feature a minimal, clean design. Currently, the units are available via BoKlok in Sweden, Finland, Norway, and the UK. The result of BoKlok's work is a cost-effective and environmentally sensitive model for the future of retirees. The company claims that only 1 percent of its materials go to landfill and that it has a carbon footprint of less than half of a standard building project. Sensitive design choices derived from the most recent research on dementia include kitchen appliances with physical buttons rather than digital screens to bathrooms without mirrors or dark flooring, two factors deemed aggravating to individuals suffering from dementia.
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Attention, Parrotheads: The furnished model homes of the first Jimmy Buffett–inspired retirement community are nearing completion. The nearly $1 billion development, called Latitude Margaritaville in homage to the famous Buffett ballad, is located in sunny Daytona Beach, Florida. Sited west of the city center between I-95 and LGPA Boulevard, the community is marketed as the perfect retirement enclave for those who crave resort-style living, replete with on-site restaurants, live entertainment, and general tropical vibes. In total, the development promises to build 6,900 beach-bash bungalows for seniors who aren’t quite ready to retire from the raucous yacht rock life. For quieter residents, the on-site private beach club will be a place to “kick off your flip-flops, frolic in the surf and chill in the shade of the cool cabana.” Minto Communities and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings are developing the project. Houses available are marketed in three categories: the Caribbean, Beach and Island collections, with prices ranging from $235,990 to $358,990. While the square-footage of the homes differ, the nine model homes all feature similar design traits like prominent driveways and garages, sunken entryways topped with Italianate towers, hipped roofs with exposed eaves, multiple gables, and drop-side wooden paneling. If the senior housing search in Daytona Beach proves too competitive, check out the Latitude Margaritaville in Hilton Head, South Carolina, which will encompass over 2,700 acres as well as a 72-acre, 290,000-square-foot “festive retail center.”
The team behind the world’s first Jimmy Buffett retirement community in Daytona Beach, Florida, has unveiled plans for a new South Carolina development aimed at the AARP-eligible. The LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE communities are tailored to active adults (the "55-and-better" demographic, if you will). The Hilton Head, South Carolina development will span more than 2,700 acres, with 72 acres set aside for a 290,000-square-foot "festive retail center" inspired by the Margaritaville made famous in this song. Developer Minto Communities and Buffett’s company, Margaritaville Holdings, are spearheading the project. “The Hilton Head area has long been an established coastal destination for those seeking fun, sun, golf and water,” said William Bullock, Minto's senior vice president, in a press release. “Through our partnership with Margaritaville, we are redefining active adult living, focusing on the creation of iconic locations to live inspired by the food, fun, and music of the Margaritaville lifestyle. LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Hilton Head will be influenced by the spectacular South Carolina setting and charming classic coastal architecture.” In addition to the mega retail center, amenities will add a resort pool, dining, and an array of fitness options, including tennis and pickleball courts. The team plans to construct more than 3,000 homes, with prices starting in the low $200,000 range. A press release states that development will begin "immediately" while a sales center will open early next year.
After nearly 15 years with Perkins+Will, Eva Maddox has retired from her position as design principal and head of the offices Branded Environments studio. Perhaps most noted for her coining and use of the concept of “branded environments,” Maddox’s work focused on realizing spaces and experiences that specifically responded to the needs, or brand, of her clients. Much of her design revolved around a research-based approach which was inherently multi-disciplinary. With more than 100 design excellence awards, speaking engagements around the world, and published writing in dozens of journals, magazines, and books, Maddox has helped define the way in which many architecture and design offices practice. Inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1992, Maddox’s career has spanned context, scale, and program. Starting in the mid-1970s with the design of multiple record label interiors, Maddox founded Eva Maddox Associates in 1992, which would ultimately merge with Perkins+Will. From the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, to the headquarters and showrooms for office furniture manufacturer Haworth, her work continues to be recognized in and out of the field. Her design for the Haworth headquarters was the recipient of the Good Design/Good Business Award from Business Week/Architectural Record. Fast Company named her one of the “change agents, designers, and dreamers who are creating your future.” Outside of her professional practice, Maddox co-founded Chicago’s alternative design school, ARCHEWORKS, with Stanley Tigerman, in 1993. Her leadership in founding and running ARCHEWORKS earned her two Purpose Prizes from the Civic Ventures think tank. She is also currently on the Board of SACI, a U.S.–accredited art school in in Florence, Italy, as well as on the State of Illinois Governor’s Technology Advisory Board. Maddox is also an active member of the International Women’s Forum, the Chicago Network, the Architectural Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the World Future Society.
After a decade as CEO and President of the Congress for the New Urbanism, 64-year-old John Norquist has announced he will retire next spring. In 1993, with 16 years of Milwaukee mayoral reign under his belt, Norquist created CNU as an advocate for mixed-use development in city neighborhoods. Since then, the organization has promoted highway removal, re-design of public housing, and increases in public transportation, building its membership count to over 2,500. In June 2014, after the 22nd Annual Congress in Buffalo, Norquist will leave his position, hoping for “time to write and teach.” (Photo: Courtesy CNU)
National Trust for Historic Preservation president Richard Moe announced today that he will retire in the spring of 2010. Moe, 72, is the longest-serving president in the organization’s 60-year history. The legacy of his 17-year tenure will likely be his push to bring historic preservation into the mainstream by revitalizing urban historic districts and promoting the environmental importance of saving aging buildings and structures. "It has been an enormous privilege to be associated with the National Trust over these years," Moe said in a statement on the National Trust’s website. "It has been the most fulfilling professional experience I have ever had.” Moe went on to say that his departure will present an opportunity for the Trust to seek a generational change at a time when its financial base and its programming are on solid ground. Among his proudest achievements as president, Moe listed the organization’s role in preventing construction of a Disney theme park in the historic Northern Piedmont region of Virginia, its 2003 purchase of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, and the action it has taken in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Trust chairman Cliff Hudson has established national search committee to find Moe's replacement.