The Cottages at Hearthstone recognized as AIA Design for Aging Award Recepient

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

At the 2015 LeadingAge Annual Convention and Expo in Boston, The Cottages at Hearthstone was recognized by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) with the Design for Aging Special Recognition Award. The Cottages was designed by Pope Architects and will be published in the 13th Edition of the Design for Aging Review book.

Pope Architects planned and designed the The Cottages, a new senior living campus in Pella, Iowa. Ward Isaacson and Greg Woollums of Pope Architects were in Boston, along with WesleyLife, to receive the award.

“Few issues of our time are more pressing than aging, a matter that your work demonstrates is a design issue both in the way we shape our communities and how we build those facilities that provide skilled medical care,” said Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2015 AIA President.

The Cottages at Hearthstone are designed as a hybrid of the Small House model. The Cottages are five homes with 16 suites each, interconnected with 21 Assisted Living Apartments. Each household can accommodate 16 residents, with 14 private suites with bathrooms and a shared suite for partners.

To create a residential-scale neighborhood, each cottage appears freestanding and features unique materials. They are small in scale and connected at the core which helps minimize the massing on site. Design details, colorful finishes, an open kitchen concept and inviting hearth create a meaningful living environment for seniors.

The Cottages was also recognized with the Award of Merit in Environments for Aging’s 2015 Design Showcase (Check out the project feature on pages 82-83.)