Sun City Takarazuka


Sun City Takarazuka

 “An elegant and classic example of an environment completely responsive to the users.”

–Juror, 2006 IIDA Honor Awards

Quick Look

Takarazuka, Japan

Project Type
New Senior Living Development

Richard Beard FAIA, BAR Architects

Local Architect
Asai Architectural Research

Landscape Architect
SWA Group

Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

BAMO designed a continuing care retirement facility in this small, affluent Japanese city whose claim-to-fame is their famous, all-female Takarazuka Revue Company.  Artfully blending east and west, old and new, modern and traditional, the elegant and airy design offers its senior residents a rich, contemporary, and elegant environment – far from bland, institutional design one typically associates with senior living.

A neutral palette and variety of textures combine with a carefully chosen, eclectic mix of furnishings, art, and artifacts that reflect the city’s love for theatre.  Primary public spaces include a reception lobby, lobby lounge, library, formal and casual dining, large multi-purpose hall, tea lounge, billiard room, mah jong room, arts and crafts room, ofuro, indoor lap pool, and relaxation lounge.  The main rooms are well-proportioned and intimate, despite their large size.  Wall and ceiling articulation subtly evoke traditional Japanese design, while staying true to the project’s generally modern aesthetic.