Seniors living in urban centers like New York have historically had to choose between enjoying the lifestyle that city living offers them and receiving the level of care they might require. To help address this need, Inspīr Carnegie Hill, the flagship residence under Maplewood Senior Living’s (Westport, Conn.) new luxury urban brand, took the framework of what has traditionally existed in suburban areas and injected it with the city’s DNA.

Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the 23-story community offers assisted living, memory care, and enhanced care, which includes personal care, medication management, and some skilled nursing services. It features 215-units with a range of studio to two-bedroom options.

The  $270 million, 212,000-square-foot project features interior design and architectural elements that help promote health and wellness and optimize overall well-being such as an abundance of lush plantings and gardens thoughtfully dispersed throughout common areas and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood residences and common spaces with natural light. Additionally, residents have direct access to fresh air provided by a spacious garden retreat on the second floor and a landscaped, wraparound terrace on the perimeter of the 17th floor, where residents can take in the healing benefits of natural surroundings. Designed by Handel Architects (New York), the community offers a simple, modern, and sophisticated design that is energized by nature to provide residents with meaningful connections to the outdoors, to the city, and to their community.

The design team worked off the notion of bringing the outdoors in with massive floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing city and river views; interior gardens; areas that open seamlessly into a lush, landscaped terrace; and naturally colored stones and metals. The community’s interiors make ample use of organic materials, green spaces, and sunlight—a key element, especially for city dwellers.

The community features approximately 50,000 square feet of amenity spaces including multiple dining venues—including a farm-to-table restaurant and a bespoke bar and lounge—a large outdoor terrace on the 17th floor known as SkyPark, a swimming pool and fitness facilities. Dedicated entirely to amenities, the second floor overlooks the lobby and features a salon and spa, a library, an entertainment theater, an art studio, multiple common spaces as well as an on-site dementia care center and general healthcare facilities.


Project details:

Facility name: Inspīr Carnegie Hill

Location: New York

Completion date: December 2020

Owner: Omega Healthcare Investors Inc.

Developer and operator: Maplewood Senior Living

Total building area: 212,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $270 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $1,273/sq. ft.

Architecture firm: Handel Architects

Interior design: Handel Architects

General contractor: Consigli

Engineering: Cosentini (MEP), DeSimone (structural)

Builder: Consigli