Located in the outskirts of downtown Columbus, the Ohio Living Westminster‐Thurber community is an distinctive model for comprehensive senior living care in an urban environment. Significant additions to its campus in recent years expanded appeal to seniors seeking greater independence and variety. Unique dining facilities, indoor pool, and interior urban Main Street amenities rejuvenated the experience of everyday living, while an independent apartment living high rise building, Goodale Landing, delivered a unique option for seniors desiring a downtown Columbus lifestyle.
A multi‐phase project began with a transformation of an existing health care courtyard to an urban plaza with an open air feel. This environment provided a neighborhood ambiance, with the safety and comfort of a conditioned space. The subsequent phases to the project dramatically reshaped the local context, while expanding offerings to a growing local demographic of independent seniors. Renovation, of the existing historical Thurber Tower, enhanced both amenities for existing residents and provided upscale living features expected by new residents of Goodale Landing. A contemporary restaurant and bar area, overlooking a new indoor swimming pool through a wave‐like patterned glass and ceiling was constructed adjacent to a Life and Arts Center, enhancing shared space for the two high rise buildings. A conditioned connector walkway gallery and courtyard allow residents to enjoy daily interaction.
Goodale Landing residents enjoy the luxury and comfort of a vibrant, sophisticated urban setting. The new high rise draws design cues from the context of neighboring historic Victorian Village residences and applies these features at a larger scale, where it can be appreciated as a landmark in the broader Columbus skyline. A variety of building features reflect local surroundings, such as the building’s rusticated base and series of residential scale components. Design features like high ceilings and large open living spaces with wall to wall expanses of glazing, balconies, and sunrooms, provide ample natural light and breathtaking views of the city skyline.
The contextual design focus and unique care offerings have repositioned Ohio Living Westminster‐Thurber to respond to an emerging demographic, seeking enhanced lifestyle at all
levels of care.
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