Premier Senior Living Tied to Beloved Park Landscape
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DETAILS

LocationTachikawa, Japan
ClientHealth Care Japan Company
Size36,571 Sq. Mi.

Sun City Showa Kinen Koen takes its name from the beloved Koen National Park that borders the development to the east and south. Built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s reign, the park offers an ideal setting for Half Century More’s flagship continuum-of-care retirement community, with 518 independent living units and 82 nursing units in the western Tokyo suburb of Tachikawa. SWA’s design pulls the character of the forest into a large strolling garden planted with evergreen and deciduous trees. A broad, ginkgo-lined entry provides a regal arrival experience, while a central garden court features a water cascade, a reflecting pool, and enclosed bridge connecting the major wings of the first-floor public areas. A small, formal healing garden provides seating areas shaded by vine-covered pergolas. Sunken gardens surround public baths and a community pool, with an intricately-carved slope planted with overlapping ribbons of flowering shrubs and groundcover.

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