• Designer: Watson Salembier
  • Team: Watson Salembier, Micky Klein & Jaca Architects
  • Client: Rockpoint
  • Size: 5,470 sq ft

Watson Salembier designed the rehabilitation courtyard sited within a courtyard building for the Advinacare Elderly Care Facility at Wilmington, using a rewilding approach by introducing native vegetation, inspired by the surrounding forested landscape, and incorporating a sustainable and safe material palette for the residents. Continuing the forested landscape surrounding the site, the courtyard entrance opens with a bluestone pathway that takes the user through a forested cluster of birches that limit the view and enhance the entry sequence experience. In the center of the courtyard, a timber pergola and seating area is flanked by a reflection pool that bisects the pathway and offers a reflective surface to experience the changing sky above. A bridge over the pool leads to a firepit plaza, and on to a putting green surrounded by long grasses. A rubberized activity area leads off the gym and a timber patio off the elderly day care facility, that is set amongst a fern garden. A sunken plaza offers an immersive experience of the garden’s blooms.