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Creating Wellness-Focus Luxury Living for Seniors

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When it comes to luxury senior living, there is no place to set standards like New York City.

New York is experiencing more and more technological advances in buildings that meet all the needs of the elderly’s daily lives. One tower Equipped with artificial intelligence To monitor the resident, others Community oriented..

One of the new buildings that takes Assisted Living to a new level is Sunrise at East 56 in Midtown, Manhattan. This is a 130,000-square-foot, 17-story facility on East 56th Street that was open to residents earlier this year.

The 151 buildings are leaders in wellness-focused lifestyle spaces, offering high amenities and experiences for residents. It is the first and only product in the field to receive LEED Silver, Silver Level WELL Certification, and WELL Health-Safety Rating Seal Certification.

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The tower is designed by New York-based SLCE Architects and is a company behind interiors, furniture and amenity spaces in collaboration with Champalimaud Design.

Sunrise at East 56 has tech-savvy equipment, from beautiful terraces, condominium-style community meeting spaces, circadian rhythm lighting (which mimics natural light) to anti-vibration systems that minimize outdoor noise.

The design is inspired by the classic Park Avenue apartments, and the layout of each apartment is designed for New York City life. In particular, culturally savvy New Yorkers want to maintain a sophisticated uptown lifestyle while shifting gear to support their lives.

Adam Augenblick, Associate of SLCE Architects, was the project manager for Sunrise at East 56, working on the building from start to finish. Augenblick talked to Mansion Global about the rise of luxury life for the elderly, inspiring him and sustainable development.

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Mansion Global: Where did this start when building Sunrise in East56?

Adam Augenblick: Real estate developer Hines has arrived. We have a history of doing both senior and hines housing. It seems that families often have to move their parents from New York City to Connecticut or Florida, [the parents] I want to stay in the city and go to the same restaurant or museum. It’s like an up-and-coming market. They want to capture their Upper East Side customers.

MG: What are senior customers of this type looking for when it comes to moving to Assisted Living? What do wealthy seniors want to call a home?

AA: Now, specifically, we’ve started working on an aesthetic that looks like a typical Upper East Side apartment. Lots of granite countertops and beautiful finishes. Residents move from large apartments to small studios, but we perceive the same sensations, the same luxury. We also designed a precast exterior facade that is reminiscent of the classic Upper East Side aesthetic. The precast facade constitutes a multi-layer curtain wall that offers a classic Park Avenue style with a modern curtain wall system.

MG: Which classic and modern architect did you look for for inspiration?

AA: Carlo Scarpa and Louis Kahn. I’m a fan of the works of contemporary architects Steven Holl, Jeanne Gang and Wes Jones. I learned about Louis Kahn at a design school. It surprised me not only in its functional aspects, but also in the way he creates beauty through form. And how it works with light. The way he was able to make bold gestures.


MG: How sustainable is the building?

AA: This is the first building of its kind to be LEED Silver certified. It is also WELL Silver certified and has been certified. [has] Health-Safety Assessment Sticker Certification. We wanted to provide the wellness of the building so that we could have an open design on the lush terrace. When you enter the building, you will put in a green, which not only evokes the interior but also such a sense of health. Lighting in public spaces uses a programmable system that changes throughout the day with a circadian rhythm. This aspect of the design helps the cognitive function of the resident’s brain.

MG: What can you say about the lifestyle trends of uplifting, health-conscious, luxury elderly people? Many of these towers are built all over the country.

AA: We are working on the construction of another.The same group, Hines, is working on Well Tower Located on the Upper West Side.As this [Sunrise at East 56] Under construction, a UWS one was being developed. You can see that this trend continues to grow. We have done research for other clients. The hotel is also being renewed. Much of the hotel’s infrastructure is suitable for luxury homes. There is a lot of interest.

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MG: Who don’t want to sacrifice quality of life when they enter that stage of life?

AA: Yes, people like where they live. They don’t want to go to Boca Raton, Florida. Or somewhere in Connecticut. They want to go to the deli that they have been to for years. They want to go to the Museum of Modern Art. This building, Sunrise at East 56, also has a theme floor. One is the New York-themed MoMA floor. They bring food from outside restaurants to the facility. As culturally savvy New Yorkers, they don’t want to lose their lifestyle.

MG: What other design trends do you see in New York City for luxury homes?

AA: Perhaps it’s a post-covid world, but people can get more involved in their workspace at home and balance their work and life. I’m seeing it built into amenities, not a golf simulator. Home offices are becoming more popular.

MG: What is your own definition of luxury?

AA: Speaking of luxury, I think of clean lines and nice materials. A space that doesn’t do more than necessary. I feel the rich texture and richness of the space. It’s not overkill. In a sense, I think it’s Japanese aesthetics.

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MG: What is Japanese design, is it a smart negotiation of space?

AA: I’m not thinking about this whole traditional idea of ​​”this is your kitchen” or the processed space, but the trading of space and how spaces are opened to each other. I have lived in New York for a while. I don’t want to have an unused room. I want a space with a high degree of design that can be used in every corner and function according to what is needed. I would rather live the best life. My favorite Japanese architect is Tadao Ando.

MG: Waldorf Astoria has been restored to its original 1931 design, with great appreciation for how things have returned to the good old days. Does our tech-driven life make us crave it?

AA: There is a desire for it, but there are no more craftsmen or masons to make these things. How do you create it now? It’s all fiberglass. You don’t want it to look like an imitation of what it should be. We have done many restoration projects. I just finished T A building in Queens, New York. An old Art Deco building built in 1939, it has been converted into a residential building. There was talk of it being demolished after many years of vacancy, so I’m glad I left it as it was.

MG: What is your favorite design quote?

AA: “The future is created, not predicted,” quoted from British author Arthur C. Clark.

The interview was edited for length and clarity.

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