Located in central Florida, the Villages is one of the world’s largest retirement hubs. The 130,000 residents of the master-planned community can tend to all their health needs in a number of different centers operated by Villages Health, including the newest, the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood (CAHB). The 233,973-square-foot ambulatory healthcare center was developed in tandem with the adjoining 150-room Brownwood Hotel & Spa, which is reached via an open-air central courtyard.
“This connection was done from the ground up to offer a synergy between hospitality and ambulatory care, with a high emphasis on concierge service,” says Sam Burnette, principal and senior designer at ESa, the Nashville architecture firm that handled the planning and design for both projects.
Sharing space on the 32-acre campus, the two buildings have a highly visible presence, whether patients approach from north, south, east, or west, and they express two distinct identities. Brick, for example, covers the façade of the CAHB, while the hotel’s regional fieldstone ties it to the material palette embraced throughout the Villages.
Jarred Bobo, senior interior design manager at ESa, says that one of the goals for the interiors was to conjure “the spirit of the Floridian cowboy.” Visual ties between the subdued CAHB and the more boldly designed hotel include cowhide print vinyl upholstery (on headboards in guestrooms and on seating in the CAHB), rustic wood accents on lighting and ceilings, and wallcovering patterns including a bold turquoise and red in the CAHB. Used sparingly and only in the public areas, the pattern is reminiscent of those seen on the handwoven saddle pads and blankets at cattle ranches, points out Bobo, with the hues tying back to the color palette of the hotel.
Like the hotel, “the goal was to make the CAHB feel calming, relaxing, and welcoming,” says Bobo, helping patients to feel “at home.”
A version of this article was originally published by Environments for Aging.