OPENED A YEAR AGO on a mixed-use, redeveloped site, this 60-unit assisted living center aims to help its downtown residents feel as if they were living in a swanky apartment building or ritzy hotel. With its two-story atrium, grand staircase, and second-floor garden, the 68,405-square-foot center was built on a generous scale. Outside, horizontal banding divides the five-story building into three visual levels. The fifth floor is topped with a heavy cornice over a distinctive corner turret.

CATEGORY: Assisted living; ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: BeeryRio, Springfield, Va.; BUILDER: Paul H. Schwendener Inc., Chicago; DEVELOPER: Sunrise Assisted Living, Chicago; LAND PLANNER: Eriksson Engineering Associates, Graystake, Ill.; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Hayden Bullin Larsen, Chicago; INTERIOR DESIGNER: Martha Childs Interiors, Sterling, Va.

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