Perkins Eastman | Half Century More

Half Century More

Perkins Eastman has worked with Half Century More, a significant leader in Japan’s senior care revolution, for nearly two decades, completing seven communities for the country’s aging population, the first of which was the award-winning Sun City Takatsuki in Osaka Prefecture. Takatsuki’s building plan utilizes the U.S.-based cluster design of small-scale neighborhoods, featuring a dramatic four-story atrium with custom-designed wood and wrought iron stairway. The 170,000 sf facility offers 24 assisted living and 91 independent living apartments, and 68 specialized nursing/dementia rooms. Public spaces include a traditional Japanese tea room, wandering garden, dining rooms, beauty salon, library, and double-height entertainment lounge. Large family kitchens, garden terraces, and traditional Japanese Ofuros offer residents opportunities for socializing and relaxation.

Sun City Ginza East is a 427,000 sf, 32-story retirement community located in downtown Tokyo, and one of Japan’s first urban high-rise LPCs. The six-story podium comprises two levels of public space at the street, with 134 rooms of nursing-specific floors above. The tower offers 276 independent living apartments on 24 floors and is capped by the two-story Harborview Restaurant and Ginza Bar.

With the highly successful completion of these and other communities, Half Century More retained the original Perkins Eastman-led design team and interior designer Sandler Design to prepare a master plan for the expansion of Sun City Park Yokohama. The new, adjacent 600-unit LPC in Yokohama, Sun City Yokohama Minami, creates a welcoming campus gateway and offers 173 additional independent living apartments. To facilitate sustainability, the team developed a design that respects adjacent green preservation areas and offers stunning views of park lands and gardens. Other elements include green roofs, high-efficiency lighting and climate controls, operable windows, a dual water system, durable exterior materials, and upgraded insulation systems.
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