Award-winning senior living designer and author Lisa Cini has purchased the storied Columbus Woodland Manor Mansion in Columbus Ohio and is renovating the mansion into a fully functional sustainable experience to highlight the latest technology for senior and multi-generational living.
The Woodland Manor will embrace sustainability not only in the use of new materials but in how they will use the majority of the existing manor house bringing it back to its original glory over 100 years ago. “Sustainability often gets spoke about when selecting new materials but the fact of the matter is we intend to use all of the existing materials that can be utilized such as the wood floors, the coffered plaster ceilings, all of the exquisite wood detailing in the grand staircase and railings, mahogany raised panel walls and carved fireplaces, solid oak doors and wood beams,” explains Cini.
Known as the Henry C. Werner House* at 1640 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, the Woodland Manor renovation will integrate the latest in-home living, showcasing the technology that safely enables independent living as we age. The project will incorporate the latest designs and disruptions while honoring the existing eloquent details of the French Opera style mansion, originally built in 1914. Renovations are expected to be complete by the end of 2019 and celebrated with a grand Christmas Ball.
Biophilic design is a large part of the design vision, bringing the outside in with large windows, outdoor dining (both covered and uncovered), the addition of a conservatory (honoring the Franklin Park Conservatory across the street) that will host informal dining off the kitchen and wash the manor house with incredible views of the secluded respite garden which will include a bocce court, reflection ponds and fireplace to encourage the perfect location for multi-generational gatherings to be remembered for years to come.
“One of the reasons I selected the Woodland Manor as the perfect location for this Limitless Living showcase home was to encourage seniors to not fear making small modifications to their existing homes. Sustainability is as much about selecting the right new materials as it is about honor the existing, much like multi-general living. We need to break the concept that old and new (young) should be separated and embrace the beauty that emerges from blending the best of both worlds together to form a newer, stronger, more sustainable future” says Cini.
The Woodland Manor will include multi-functional, flexible spaces that allow dining, connecting, educating, reading, listening to music, watching movies dancing, creating and collaboration – all with the latest technology.
Features will include:
- A demonstration kitchen featuring full Moley Robotics, an advanced, fully functional robot that cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef; and Foodini, an actual 3-D printing system for food.
- A full-service spa with fitness technology straight from NASA’s space program, hot/cold plunge, a smoothie/tea bar, and much more.
- Ballroom/education space with the latest technology for presentations and collaboration.
- A high-tech music room.
- A creation studio where guests can record their own music, video or podcast.
- Bedrooms for overnight guests, including seniors wishing to investigate the newest aging-in-place technology.
- Rooms for dining, conversing, reading, listening to music, and watching movies with the latest home theater tech with the aid of LG and Bose.
- Bathrooms will feature the latest in heated wash/dry bidet-toilet seats by Toto, lighting, grab bars, and futuristic bathroom technology.
- Smart flooring for high-tech safety from Shaw Flooring.
- Custom Designed Aging in Place Furniture by Fortner Upholstery, Kwalu and HContract.
“Woodland Manor will showcase what’s possible now and coming in home and senior living communities, stimulating the imagination about what the future holds. As our population grows up with more and more tech integrated into the every day, look for senior living to reflect our fully digital age.” adds Cini.
*History can be found http://www.woodlandparkcolumbus.com/1640-east-broad-street.html.
Lisa M. Cini is the Founder, President and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio. A global commercial design, project management and procurement company, Mosaic’s mission is to “Improve Quality of Life by Design.”
Lisa has the ability to take the complex and make it simple, as well as repeatable. By harnessing this ability, the award-winning company has expanded 149 percent over the past three years.
Lisa is regarded as the leading Alzheimer’s and long-term care design expert in the nation and has been recognized for her contributions in the field. Though appreciative of the recognition for her work, Lisa is most gratified by helping people who are struggling with Alzheimer’s, find ways to cope as individuals, as families, and as communities.