This new 90 unit assisted living community with an advanced memory care component, embraces a hospitality-inspired approach with functionality akin to a luxury resort. Set on a small, sloping site abutting a large wooded area and wetlands preserve, the three-story, 90,000 square foot property cleverly harmonizes with the scale and character of historic Hingham.
With shingled siding and a series of repeating gambrel and pitched-roof elements, the expressive aesthetic recalls classic long and low New England architecture – creating the appearance of a smaller, two-story structure that gracefully meets Hingham’s 35-foot height restriction. The resulting design emulates the roof line of nearby properties, amounting to an occupied roof and a building composed entirely of structural steel. The L-shaped building’s second floor is thoughtfully designed to slope over the donut-shaped memory care wing, located at the garden level of the community. A material palette of gray shingles with white trim, attractive double-hung windows, inset balconies and a copper-clad cupola reinforce the expressive coastal vernacular.
Upon entry, sightlines to the clearstory windows frame the memory care courtyard below allowing for daylight to penetrate the 300-foot-long main circulation spine – with amenity spaces stemming off this principal design element. A central two-story grand stair creates a focal point for resident circulation and connects floor levels to the common areas of the building. Shiplap, inlayed wood ceilings, fresh coastal-inspired colors and nautical influences are used throughout. Honoring the locations’ unique artistic culture, The Residence at Penniman Hill features an extensive art collection of more than 200 works. Amenities include entertainment and lounge spaces, library, salon, private and bistro style dining, fitness area, outdoor terraces and walking paths. Abundant hydrangea gardens, navy blue accents, and brick walkways complete the aesthetic.
The facility achieved Silver status from National Green Building Standard (NGBS) demonstrating its high-performance and efficiency, while also meeting additional Massachusetts Stretch Code requirements.