important for a sense of community and because it respects the cultural
characteristics of the Italian-Canadians,” says Colizza about
the interior design. “We had to think about furniture, colour,
fabrics and even the wood trim to try and get a European touch.”
challenge, says Colizza, was to achieve a delicate balance between
residential characteristics and institutional ones.
has to be durable but friendly,” he says.
followed these same design principles outside as well. A courtyard
and garden –complete with plant containers over-flowing with
flowers and tomato plants – were created for the enjoyment of
the residents. And, to fulfill the “necessity” factor,
were made wheelchair accessible and barrier free.
the new wing, every room will have a good view of the gardens or bocce
courts and there will be quiet rooms at the end of each hall.
try to accommodate as many different types of personalities as possible,”
addition to the group dining rooms, Colizza has also added private
ones to accommodate residents who prefer a quieter meal or residents
who have family come for dinner.
beauty of the Italian culture is that it is founded in family values.
There is support and the families come out to help and visit residents,
so we provided extra space,” says Colizza, who has also “designed
in” room for families in the common areas and balconies.
a few months phase two of the construction will come together, but
Colizza can already envision what is now concrete and metal being
filled with comfortable and happy residents.
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