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The design principles of the Urban Villages Group determined the character of this new Hamilton retirement village designed by Chow Hill

Sense of community

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Great villages are more than simple subdivisions. They are interesting, vibrant communities inhabited by people who take pride in the quality of their environment.

That philosophy determined the design of Forest Lake Gardens retirement village in Hamilton, owned by Village Senior Living and designed by Chow Hill. The village was inspired by a desire to re-create the character, charm and sense of community of many historic villages, says architect and urban designer Anthony Flannery.

"Forest Lake Gardens adopts the international design principles promoted by the Urban Villages Group, which in 1990 launched a campaign for a return to village-style communities," he says.

"The success of the design lies in the integration of buildings, landscape, infrastructure and the surrounding environment. This approach lies at the heart of Chow Hill's total design philosophy."

The village is designed around a sequence of landscaped gardens, their character defining different parts of the neighbourhood. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, wellness centre and sun terraces that overlook the Te Rapa Racecourse.

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For more details, contact Chow Hill, PO Box 23-593, Papatoetoe, Auckland, phone (09) 277 8260, fax (09) 277 8261. Email: anthony@chowhill.co.nz. Website:www.chowhill.co.nz .

First published date: 03 September 2003

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