Mirabella Retirement Community
Monday 17 Jun 2013


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Mirabella is the first LEED Platinum Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the United States, complete with assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. Our client’s goal was to create a CCRC in an urban location, enabling seniors to live active lives filled with social engagement, enriching activities, lifelong learning, and a healthful lifestyle.

The slim 30-storey curved tower is an elegant, urban response that appeals to sophisticated active adults, designed to sustain, grow and thrive. Amenities include multiple dining venues, bar lounge, library, auditorium, business centre, health & fitness centre, spa, pool, bistro café & beauty salon, which are open to the public.

Designed with 8 units per floor so residents are within a short walk of elevators to access amenities on the ground floor, 24th floor bar lounge & dining, 25th floor game room, and observation deck.  Terraced patios are provided at many levels, including the 5th floor “Park In The Sky” with dinner areas, barbeque and an outdoor fireplace. The sculptural form emphasizes dramatic views to the Willamette River, Mt. Hood, and vistas toward downtown Portland.  The project is adjacent to the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing, which is connected by aerial tram to the main University campus, and has close connections to bike routes, bus, and streetcar for easy downtown access.

The interior design is both innovative and cohesive with the architecture through the continuation of form and materials.  Interiors are contemporary and engaging, through highly efficient, innovative lighting solutions chosen because they would be aesthetically pleasing to the aging eye. The thin tower shape maintains views around the building and allows a connection to natural light from as many interior spaces as possible. Materials are reminiscent of the “River’s edge,” translated through texture, translucency, sculptural forms.

To add a special touch, the building’s artwork was custom-made by local craftspeople. Glass art installations, the terrazzo floor, and the lobby wall’s textured wood feature were all hand-crafted by Portland-based artisans.

Sustainable elements on the interior: Sustainable materials & finishes with low VOC emissions to main indoor air quality; “LEED by Example” education wall that illustrates how residents are part of an eco-system and acknowledges their role in environmentally responsible practices; “Scavenger hunt” throughout the building for residents and visitors to discover and learn about each sustainable strategy as they explore and inhabit the building’s interiors.


Ankrom Moisan Architects