In North San Diego County, The Glen at Scripps Ranch draws upon its locale to create a homey environment for its residents. Through a holistic approach to mental, emotional and spiritual health the design of the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) creates a strong sense of place that ultimately gives residents a feeling purpose and belonging.
Design for the space was led by KTGY, who also led site planning and worked with BraytonHughes Design Studios for additional elements. Leveraging hospitality and residential principles the pair sought to create comfortable spaces with a sense of approachable luxury.
A Strong Architectural and Design Identity
Set in the same region as one of the oldest missions in California, the architecture throughout employs a Mission-style aesthetic. The buildings also feature contemporary interpretations of classic elements inspired by San Diego’s Spanish Colonial style.
In designing the interiors for the public areas, including the commons building, pool house, and circulation and public spaces in the independent living units building, BraytonHughes brought a fresh approach to the aesthetic, with lightly colored walls and warm-toned wood as well as custom Spanish Revival-inspired carpets. The color palette features warm golds and blues, calling to mind the region’s expansive blue skies and ocean.
A locally inspired art program led by Mary Hannah of comprehensive art consulting firm Kay + Hannah Art Advisory (San Francisco) features a landscape oil painting of Borrego Palms by local Orange County artist Jim Wodark that depicts the Anza-Borrego Desert and Borrego Valley.
Here, the collection is layered with painting, textiles, metalwork, photography, and prints, creating an inviting atmosphere where art tells a story and invites reflection and conversation. Each artwork was individually selected and specifically chosen for the space at hand, whether vintage stamps in the mailroom or decorative plates dotting the dining banquette wall.
Engagement Spaces Unite Community Goals
The commons building, which includes a billiards room, card room, auditorium, theater, art center, library, bar and dining rooms, and connecting pool house, acts as the heartbeat of the community, providing a centralized hub for activities and socialization.
Common spaces like the casual dining area are designed to have multigenerational appeal and to inspire meaningful interaction amongst residents and their guests. Loved ones are encouraged to visit and engage in on-site activities, not just for brief visits.
In addition, these larger activity nodes within the community are supplemented by smaller satellite areas. Designed as places to pause and enjoy artwork or a connection to outdoors, the smaller respite spaces give residents opportunities to organically connect with one another and their surroundings. At the health center, residents can access assisted living, memory care, and long-term care.