A new high-end housing community in the metro Atlanta market highlights a forward-looking approach to high-end housing development and design inspired by the local area.
The company attracted inspiration for Milton Village Park from the surrounding equestrian park and bustling city center to create a facility to complement the previous facility and seamlessly integrate with the larger community.
This is the culmination of a 25-year concept. Galerie Living can seamlessly integrate assisted living into a larger campus, which has won it the “Best Assisted Living” category in the 2020 Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards.
The Overall Concept
Tim Gary, founder and CEO of Galerie Living, said that he plans on expanding his business into the Alphretta market with Village Park Milton.
An old farm on 7-acres of land near Wills Equestian Park was found just a short distance from Alpharetta. The mixed development is going to include single-family homes, restaurants, office spaces, retail stores, and apartments. All of this should meet the needs of those who are living in senior care centers or assisted living.
The Equestrian Park immediately informed the design of Milton Country Park. The entrance of the community is oak trees. These oak trees were preserved during the construction process and lead directly to the main building. Residents and guests are welcomed with stone fireplaces and tavern seats.
There are public spaces in front and the center of Galerie Living, and the industry that dates back to Gary began in the mid-1990s. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech University, and he believes his architectural background gives him a unique insight into the look and feel of high-end houses.
Beginning in the early 2000s, Galerie Living began to build bungalows and villas in its communities and promote the development of public spaces, integrating them into the center of the building and organizing in a way that creates a unique user experience. Over the years, this concept has evolved into the layout of Village Park Milton.
Adjacent to the main building is six single-family villas and seven single-family bungalows, which surround a private pocket park with wide trails leading to the equestrian park and other places. This pocket park can be used as the front door for all residents of single-family houses but can also be used for all residents of Milton Country Park, including living assistance. It aims to encourage social interaction and provide positive health and wellness effects and has become a location for activities ranging from Tai Chi, yoga to painting classes.
The campus draws inspiration from the farmhouses in the park and the original farmhouses on site.
The Whole Project
The completed design was done with the help of an interior designer, Tara Clemons.
Gary believes that senior designers lack the interaction between marketing, operations, and design teams in the concept phase so that the final design will be affected.
Galerie Living’s design process starts at the company level, what he calls a “mood board,” which captures the team’s ideas about customer expectations and how the design realizes this idea. This also creates a preliminary idea of the narrative and concept to present to the architect.
Eric Krull, THW’s executive vice president of design, told SHN that the detailed interaction between Galerie Living and THW helps bring the concept closer to the developer’s vision.
THW hopes to absorb the vitality of downtown Alpharetta during the design process and connect Village Park Milton to the larger community. The equestrian park is mostly open to the public and has a public swimming pool, a dog field, a softball field, and a cultural center.
The miniature park is the key to this concept. In addition to connecting with the outside community, it also makes the equestrian park feel like it is in a single-family homeowner’s backyard. Simultaneously, the sidewalk in the Pocket Park center is arranged to provide a clearly defined private space for each bungalow and bungalow, allowing the owners to form a more closely connected community in the more extensive census of Milton Village Park.
Tara Clemens said that Village Park Milton’s interior design had been planned around the facilities for the public. It is worth noting that the courtyard’s design is carried out around the fire pit, aiming to strike a balance between health and privacy.
The farmhouses in the surrounding area are the main inspiration for the design. THW and Galerie hope to find a balance between pastoral and modern. The artwork, custom lighting, antiques, custom tile patterns, natural stone, and wood were picked to complement each other in the original horse barn of the property to add a unique and personal touch to this area.
Completing the Project
Village Park Milton opened in March last year when the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic swept the country. The public space design allows Galerie Living to flexibly hold smaller group events while complying with social guidance guidelines. Simultaneously, single-family houses allow operators to relocate safely by allowing new residents to isolate themselves before entering the main building.
However, Covid-19 will inform the development process of future projects in the company’s pipeline while expanding concepts that have proven successful.
Steven Levin, co-president of Hana 2.0 Property Group and one of the judges this year, told SHN that this form follows functional aesthetics. How the landscaping connects various care components and bungalows with public facilities has left a deep impression on people and created an integrated community.
Levine also mentioned the focus on indoor and outdoor design elements that provide warm and rich colors that make Milton Country Park more like a resort than a high-end residential community.
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