Best International Design 2020: CCRC’s ‘Green Spine’ Maximizes Resident Engagement, Wellness

Imagine living in a suite overlooking an atrium that has the atmosphere of a healing garden, at other times is a venue for musicians or performers, and sometimes is a social gathering place for friends, family and neighbors.

This is the experience for older adults residing in care suites adjacent to the atrium winter garden at Rawhiti Estate, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Auckland, New Zealand.

The atrium winter garden is part of the community’s “green spine.”

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“The idea is that as you come in, it’s part of a spine of nature and energy that goes on

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