Formerly an underutilized, auto-centric shopping district, Thornton Place today is a vibrant, pedestrian-focused community with homes, shops, transit and entertainment. Anchoring the southeast corner acre is Aljoya Thornton Place, an active senior living complex that engages the greater neighborhood. This is the sister to Aljoya Mercer Island and is targeted towards seniors looking for sophisticated living with a wealth of services, paired with amenities not found in traditional retirement communities.
The design of Aljoya Thornton Place was coordinated with the new public open space created to enhance and support Seattle Public Utilities’ Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel project. Aljoya is an essential component to this effort. Working with the larger development and public agencies, the boundaries of the project were blurred between the public open space and private property through a system incorporating landscape and access easements. The final design maximized the adjacent open space, creating views, paths, and an overlook to activate the public spaces and create stronger connections between Aljoya’s residents and the community.