Citing a lack of luxury senior living options in the Louisville, Kentecky area, the Dominion Group (Tennessee) set about developing a high-end, independent living community in the form of the Everlan of Louisville. Drawing from Louisville’s own vibrant tradition, Banko Design set about creating a space that embodied that trademark southern hospitality and comfort while offering approachable luxury for the surrounding communities.
Equestrian Accents Cultivate a More Playful energy
A nod to the nearby Churchill downs, the 58,000 square-foot facility features an equestrian motif throughout, from the playful horse graphic that runs along the balcony detail of the double-story main dining area all the way down to the horse-shaped decorative lighting.
The color palette, likewise, was inspired both by the rolling bluegrass hills and the rich dark bourbon Kentucky is proud to produce (evident in the leather seating and braided wall in the game room, as well). The first sight most guests see, in fact, calls back to these inspirations, the main entryway of the building welcoming all with a prominent dark-stained wood porte-cochère, inspired by the bourbon barrels.
These color choices are punctuated by intentional design decisions including crisp white shiplap walls, selective black painted ceilings, marble veining on the chef’s table counter, and an elegant floor-to-ceiling brick hearth in the dining room.
A Luxurious, Yet Approachable Space
The main goal of the property was to create a modern feel while also offering attainable luxury. Specifically, the cost of the space needed to be economically feasible for the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The amenities follow in suit with these goals, delivering on more extravagant offerings, while being draped in the regional, modern aesthetic. The community’s bistro, for instance, showcases marble countertops, classic subway tile backsplash, modern shelving, as well as bold emerald-green bar stools.
The facility’s dining options, meanwhile, cater to a wide variety of intentions, including fine, casual and more private settings. In the main area, residents can choose to be seated at four-top tables or larger communal tables where interaction among residents is encouraged. Design elements here include a large brick fireplace, equestrian art, and leather-inspired vinyl seating.
More private dining options allow residents to entertain visitors or have separate events with neighbors. This space boasts a bold patterned carpet, plaid and leather seating, modern lighting and Kentucky-inspired art, adding to a more home-like setting.
Another version of this article was originally penned by Tracey Walker on our sister site Environments for Aging.