The Arden at Indian Land is a 55+ active independent living community projected to open in early 2024. Located in Indian Land, South Carolina, the project represents a push for greater inclusivity in age-qualified living for the region’s senior population though extra affordability and approachable universal design elements.
The four-story, 152,000 square-foot community will offer 129 varying one- and two-bedroom options upon completion and open more than 8,000 square feet of amenity spaces, which range from a creative arts and business room to an on-site pickleball court.
Natural Materials Invoke a Rustic Aesthetic
Urbanik Interiors (Charlotte, North Carolina) assisted in the interior design to help deliver on an overall aesthetic that is crisp, yet warm, with a nod to southern hospitality and soothing biophilic influences. Standouts of this aesthetic include an abundance of windows and natural light, living walls, plentiful greenery and a calming fountain.
Approachability is baked into the design of the spaces, with clean architectural lines and regionally relevant building materials representing core elements throughout the project. This results in the entire facility adopting a modern farmhouse look with brick and wood plank being common textures seen. A trellis design motif, which runs through the community, further drives a rustic, natural connection
Both indoor and outdoor spaces are designed for versatility, with natural locations being optimized for a variety of social uses. Crafted terraces, covered lounges, fire pits and a dining area and grilling station are scattered throughout the grounds to provide residents multiple opportunities to connect with one another in a relaxing environment.
Situated minutes outside of Charlotte, Arden at Indian Land residents will also have easy access to an abundance of parks, entertainment, restaurants and shopping within the local community.
Universal Design Elements Foster a More Inclusive Community
With an added emphasis on inclusion and utilization, universal design principles are also incorporated into much of the community and residence’s designs. The community kitchen, for instance, features an oversized, accessible-height, peppercorn-colored quartz bar top with ample seating options. There is also an adaptable wellness studio that can be easily adjusted to complement holistic lifestyle and fitness programming for residents.
In the residences, D pulls and lever handles are used across the doors and cabinetries with all the furniture situated at an accessible height as well. Other elements include wider door frames to prevent bumps and bruises as well as a zero-step experience across the entire community.
Another version of this article originally appeared on our sister site Environments for Aging on June 20 2022. It has since been updated for DesignWell’s audience.