Inspir Carnegie Hill

Client Maplewood Senior Living
Location New York City, NY
Status Completed in 2021

Inspir's concept is based on the importance of connecting people with the outdoors.

Inspir Carnegie Hill is a 23-story, 215-unit assisted living building sited on the Upper East Side’s 2nd Avenue with views of the East River. Working with Maplewood Senior Living and Omega Healthcare, Handel Architects created a new concept in urban senior living based on the importance of connecting residents with the outdoors and natural light; an essential value, especially for those living in the city.

The concrete exterior was hand-crafted with a board forming technique, providing texture to the surfaces and connecting it with its Upper East Side masonry neighbors. Complementing the concrete structure is warm wood and bronze, as well as large glass window walls.

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Inspir is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, close to some of the city's best cultural institutions and top medical facilities.

Aging in the city gives people the opportunity to stay close to the things they really love to do, whether it’s museums, shopping, or just simply enjoying Central Park. And having so many top medical facilities nearby provides peace of mind.

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Inspir was designed with a simple elegance and order that acts as a framework for allowing the outdoors inside.

Special attention was given to the care floors where glass walls can slide out of the way and residents can enjoy the feeling of sitting in front of a planted balcony with climbing vines. Similar spaces that bridge between indoors and out are featured throughout the building, including in the lobby, the ground floor dining area, the second floor education and amenity area and the sixteenth floor Sky Park.

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The building’s interior is designed as a backdrop to nature using materials and custom detailing that are calming and bring focus to the landscape and light.

Accent finishes in earthy tones such as wood and naturally colored stone enliven the residents’ experience.