North Shore Place – Phase II Northbrook, Illinois
North Shore Place is an assisted living / memory care community located in Northbrook, IL, a charming suburb north of Chicago. The original community is a five-story building with 156 apartments. Assisted living common areas are located on the ground floor with assisted living residences on the first floor and floors three through five. The second was dedicated to memory care housing for 40 residents. Since opening in 2014, the community has become a beacon on the North Shore and has developed a reputation for quality care, service and elegant residential living. The project has been a magnet for further development of the surrounding community, with the new development of a supermarket, restaurants, bank, multi-family apartment developments, fitness center, and other retail, all within walking distance of the community. As a result of the initial success of the community, an addition has been designed and constructed to provide a special environment for the care of residents with memory loss and the second floor has been renovated to provide additional assisted living residences.
The new memory care addition was carefully designed, programmed and tailored specifically to residents with memory issues. There are two identical neighborhoods with 20 residences on each of the two-story floors. Each floor is organized around a beautifully landscaped, secure courtyard. Resident’s circulate through single loaded corridors adorned with full height glass walls overlooking the courtyard to provide easy way finding, natural light, and a connection to nature which is vital to creating a calm, healing environment for the residents. A one-story connector joins the new Memory Care building to the original Assisted Living building. Upon entering the secure memory care neighborhood, visitors are greeted with a welcoming seating area around a cozy fireplace with views of the secure courtyard garden. The activity / living area is designed to multi-function as a large gathering area, allowing all 40-residents, guests and staff to gather for daily musical sing-alongs led by professional music therapist and opera singers that provide a one-on-one interaction with residents. Adjacent is a residential kitchen and dining room. Other resident activity spaces include a beauty salon, serenity room that hosts the award-winning aroma therapy program, an indoor porch and covered terrace overlooking the beautiful landscaped courtyard with putting green and water feature. The resident apartments are generous and include a mixture of studio and 1- bedroom apartments with full bathrooms, kitchenettes, 10’ high ceilings and large windows.
Third Place Winner in the Stand Alone Memory Care Category for the 2019 Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards