Massry Residence at Daughters of Sarah
Albany, New York
The Massry Residence, an assisted living residence, is part
of Daughters of Sarah, a multilevel-of-care campus founded on Jewish values and
traditions. The campus design goal was to create a true aging-in-place
environment for a population accustomed to the amenities and autonomy of home
The campus is located in the protected Pine Bush region of
Albany. The design challenge of this project was to integrate a building
footprint within the parameters of regulatory authorities, minimizing the
environmental impact to this area.
The new addition is located at the front of the campus and
creates a new image for the existing building. The two-story building is
designed with “shingle-style” architecture to reflect residential detail and
scale. The Massry Residence is connected to the main building and allows for
shared use of major facilities, including two completely separate kitchens to
accommodate kosher meals.
The entrance to the lobby is reminiscent of a “grand hotel,” with its wood
staircase leading to a second floor mezzanine. The lobby opens into a warm
reception area, formal and private dining areas, living room and a wellness and exercise center. For
residents’ convenience, the main commons includes a beauty/barber shop and a
country store with sit-down café.
The apartment wings are designed as neighborhoods around a central living
room which provides access to outdoor gardens and patios. The 56 one- and
two-bedroom apartments feature 9-foot ceilings and bay windows that provide
ample natural daylight.
Featured in "Design," An Annual Publication of Nursing Homes Long Term
Care Management, March 2003.