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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The program was organized to take advantage of the building setbacks to maximize access to the outdoors, while also thoughtfully considering the varying levels of care provided throughout the building.

Residents that require more care and who have difficulty moving without supervision are located on the lower levels, proximate to the common spaces of the restaurant, library, wellness, and skypark, while the more independent residents are located on the upper levels. The skypark separates the different levels of care and creates connections between the wintergarden and outdoor terrace.

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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.

The interiors at Inspīr Carnegie Hill provide a balanced backdrop to nature that is simple and modern in form, yet luxuriant with hand-crafted details and natural materials.

Building on the connections between inside and out, each space was layered with a material expression that would provide a warm compliment to the building exterior’s concrete frame. Accent walls were added using natural colored stones and metals, acting as landmarks and wayfinding for residents. More intimate spaces for dining, leisure, and physical activity are further defined by texture and detail using custom-made bronze and brass light fixtures and hardware, timeless hand-crafted furniture profiles in richly textured and colored fabrics, and curated artwork.

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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.

Inspīr Carnegie Hill: A Case Study on Urban Senior Living

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2022 Honorable Mention - LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2021 Winner, Assisted Living - Senior Housing News Award of Merit - Society of American Registered Architects National Silver Award, Development and Design: Senior Housing - Multi-Housing News Design Excellence Awards Award of Excellence - Society of American Registered Architects New York Category Winner, Long-term Care - IIDA Healthcare Design Awards Finalist: Best Senior Living - Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design - Boutique Design Magazine Honoree, Large Health + Wellness - NYCxDESIGN Awards


Mar 09,2022 How this architecture firm created unparalleled luxury in a New York senior living residence (Business of Home) Read Jan 27,2022 Best Assisted Living Design of 2021: Luxury Senior Living Reaches New Heights in Maplewood’s NYC Highrise (SHN) Read Dec 10,2021 Inspir Carnegie Hill wins 2021 MHN Excellence Award Read Dec 08,2021 Inspir Carnegie Hill wins SARA National Award Read Dec 01,2021 Inspir Carnegie Hill selected as a finalist in Interior Design's Best of Year Awards Read Oct 26,2021 Inspir Carnegie Hill named Category Winner in IIDA Healthcare Design Awards Read Oct 07,2021 Inspir Carnegie Hill named Gold Key Awards finalist Read Sep 01,2021 Senior Living Gets An Upgrade With Inspīr Carnegie Hill’s Luxury Residences (Forbes) Read May 24,2021 5 Luxury Senior Residences Designed to Stun (Architectural Digest) Read May 10,2021 Inspir Carnegie Hill named NYCxDesign Awards finalist Read Apr 27,2021 Designers Are Rethinking Senior Living—With a Focus on Wellness (Architectural Digest) Read Mar 31,2021 Maplewood CEO: Inspir Leasing Up Well in NYC, Brand Expansion Taking Shape in US and UK (Senior Housing News) Read Mar 12,2021 Maplewood, OHI Open Inspīr Carnegie Hill High-Rise Community on Upper East Side of Manhattan (Seniors Housing Business) Read Mar 10,2021 Maplewood, Omega deliver luxury tower for NYC seniors (Real Estate Weekly) Read Jan 25,2021 PHOTO TOUR: Inspīr Carnegie Hill (Environments for Aging Magazine) Read Oct 16,2020 Senior Housing Towers Open in Manhattan and Brooklyn (NYTimes) Read May 03,2018 The Next Wave of Mixed-Use Senior Housing Development Read Aug 21,2017 Manhattan Gets $20,000-a-Month Homes for New Breed of Seniors (Bloomberg) Read


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Lester Ali Evan Joseph