Community—its creation; its growth—is a tremendously important pillar of our design for Holden of Bellevue.
Thus our design, both for memory care and assisted living, prioritizes social gatherings. Each residential unit is intentionally small, whereas Holden’s shared amenities are physically, thematically, and programmatically central. Among the most visible aspects of this community-first programming are Holden’s dining spaces.
Mealtime is an essential social anchor in people’s lives, no less so for Holden’s residents. For assisted-living meals, we designed an open-plan dining room divided into two halves by a partial-height wall with patterned metal screens above. On one side, we designed a two-sided gas fireplace; on the other, an open kitchen with a large, pass-through window. Both halves offer two separate but related dining experiences. Our calming memory-care amenity space, too, is open and centrally located. The living room opens to dining and an intimate residential kitchen that leads to other activity spaces. A covered courtyard gives Holden’s memory-care residents year-round access to the fresh air outside.
Luxury is the ultimate pinnacle of the design; inspired by our experience in the hospitality sector, Holden feels luxuriously rich from the moment you enter. At the main entry stands a soothing water feature you might expect to see at a high-end hotel. A floor-to-ceiling feature wall in the front vestibule showcases a vividly abstract glass wall that creates a dramatic, artistic first impression. The front desk is gorgeously appointed, with a full-height chevron backdrop of limestone tile, gold decorative pendants, and a linear wood ceiling.
Farther inside, the living room opens to the main lobby, bringing a soft, residential feeling to this lounge space. The two-sided gas fireplace, clad in an onyx tile, is shared with the equally luxurious dining room. Our material palette is richly textured throughout, with walnut wood, jewel tones, and organic patterns further punctuated by the gold elements in the lighting and decorative metal screens. Stretched fabric acoustical ceilings reduce echoes and background noise, adding to Holden’s sense of comfort and calm. And of course, our design includes amenities for residents’ wellness, with a well appointed fitness room for yoga and chair exercises. When necessary, this opens to the adjacent activity room for large-group activities.
We use color intentionally throughout Holden. In the memory care areas, light and neutral colors comfort and soothe residents. Assisted living is livelier, with punches of color and jewel tones. Since the bistro and salon serve both senior residents and the general public, we designed them with a more contemporary feel: Sparkling gold, metallic lighting, and plenty of seating.