Our Interiors Design team collaborated closely with our long-time clients at Aegis Living to emulate a luxurious Italian travel experience for their Kirkland, Washington senior community. Without leaving the site on a hillside overlooking Lake Washington, the project’s interior colors, materials, and artwork together with the architecture to take residents on a trip to the Amalfi Coast.
Everything about the interior feels warm, sumptuous, and vibrant. We realized our client’s vision for luxury Italianate by sourcing elements that evoked the same feel of handmade, custom work. No detail was overlooked, from ornate hand-carved wood trim and corbels to custom tilework inspired by Italian piazzas. Bold patterns and natural elements are set off beautifully by warm wood casework, arched entryways, and elegant ceilings with multiple layers of character and texture. Many of the finishes we selected—aged gold brass moments, reclaimed wood floors in the pub, brick around the elevators—are meant to look authentically aged and antique, so they will continue to wear elegantly as they are used.
Aegis’s philosophy encourages residents to engage with their community and spend most of their time outside of their private units, making the design of the communal areas vital. In the Grotto, a sunken indoor-outdoor amenity space, we used a variety of materials to add visual depth and drama. Beautiful stonework and travertine which one might see on the rock walls at archeological digs along the Italian coast. Natural light streams through a vaulted glass ceiling onto lush plantings and a water feature gently gurgles in the background. It is the perfect place to meet friends or relax, even during the cold of winter and the heat of summer.
Aegis Living puts extraordinary thought into its Memory Care program. In Kirkland, these specially designed spaces were a vision of collaboration between our Interior designers and our client’s team. We created a unique experience of Italian road trip that hints at transporting residents through the Mediterranean countryside, the bustling, ancient streets of Rome, and the sparkling piazzas of Venice. Residents can grab an espresso from the café or a sweet treat from the gelato cart.
Outside to inside, the Aegis Kirkland is an all-encompassing experience; a permanent Italian vacation translated to the Pacific Northwest, evoking memories of adventure, luxury, and relaxation on the Amalfi Coast. Ciao!