As part of a comprehensive planned urban development of the former Blue Ash municipal airport, Anthology of Blue Ash is a new four-story, 195,725 square foot community. Located on the grounds of the 130-acre site, the facility offers a continuum of care for seniors with 167 units of independent and assisted living, and 32 memory care units. This large-scale catalytic public-private redevelopment includes a diversified set of uses and services – commercial, industrial, natural, residential, and retail – creating a world-class placemaking destination for the residents of Cincinnati, now renamed Summit Park.
Anthology of Blue Ash is thoughtfully sited within the mixed-use neighborhood, with the front façade and outdoor patio facing the park. In keeping with the surrounding context, the predominantly brick structure features exposed structural steel accents, cement board paneling and siding, and multi-colored masonry details that stylistically create floating visual planes. A series of three-story colored frames are designed to disperse the overall massing into discrete façade elements that include oversized windows and dedicated inset balconies.
Upon entry, the café bistro imbues a boutique-like atmosphere with stylish bar seating, intimate gathering spaces, and an open-concept resident lounge for socialization. The interior design is a sophisticated monochrome aesthetic accented by natural wood and stone, combined with subtle blues, warm grays, and copper hues. Vistas from the main entry allow sight lines directly to generously landscaped outdoor space with a water feature, walking paths, and defined areas for recreation and relaxation.
Anchored around two large interior courtyards and innovatively programmed, the first floor features 45,000 square feet of amenity, office, and service space with double-height windows, allowing ample light to permeate the public areas. Shared independent and assisted living amenities, including three dining rooms, a game lounge, library, and salon, look toward the well-appointed exterior space. A sunroom, lounge, dining area, and seven units within the memory care neighborhood face an enclosed outdoor courtyard with a circular walking path.
The holistic design allows for the delivery of highly personalized and proactive resident care with a wellness approach that emphasizes the importance of state-of-the-art amenities, including an indoor pool, on-site physical therapy and fitness programs, golf simulator, craft room, and a theater/chapel space. To keep residents safe while socially connected, the community also provides a visitation suite permitting visitors direct entry with a glass wall and dedicated HVAC system, allowing for face-to-face interaction.