The brief for Yellowfox on this retirement village was a little unexpected they were asked to research five-star hotel interiors. Yellowfox worked in conjunction with Babbage Architects, the design architects for the project, says the developer of Eden Village, Oceania Group, saw a gap in the market for retiring baby boomers moving out of the family home. Designer Vikki Gorton say it is clear the new generation of retirees are looking to downsize, but not downgrade.
Lifestyle is of the utmost importance, and this village needed to provide the kind of luxury and amenities you would see in a five-star hotel, such as the Langham. Gorton says the attention to detail had to encompass the lobby and public areas, and extend right through to the Independent Living Suites and Assisted Living Suites.
As well as designing the look and feel of these areas, we also had to address the present and future needs of the residents. Using the exterior colour and material palettes as a starting point, Yellowfox introduced a range of warm neutrals, with textural surfaces adding visual interest to key public areas. These include Bestwood wood veneers, painted pressed tin panelling and natural stone. Accents of bright red help to warm the space visually, and stimulate conversation. With canopies and cafe furniture there is a distinctive Parisian look to the Main Street area, says Gorton.
Residents can entertain family and friends with a drink in the bar or a meal in the restaurant, just like in a hotel. What lies underfoot will always determine the overall ambience of an interior, so it is never a decision to be taken lightly. Yellowfox specified high-end vinyl flooring for many areas within Eden Village. The main treet, restaurant and cafe all feature Expona Design luxury vinyl tiles, which take the form of individual planks. We specified vinyl in Weathered Hickory for these floors, says Vikki Gorton. This flooring imparts the beauty of a natural wood floor, but is softer underfoot and easy to maintain.
Melissa Allington, marketing co-ordinator. The main Street also features Expona Design vinyl flooring in Weathered Hickory. Polyfloor cushion vinyl Forest Oak makes a practical, good looking flooring for kitchenettes in the suites. To provide a durable, safe anti-slip flooring for bathrooms in the Assisted Living Suites, Polysafe Corona in Barley was specified. The bathroom ware is by Robertson.