Merrill Gardens at Carolina Park


Best 55+ Assisted Living/Special Needs Community

NOMINATED BY: Urbal Architecture

PROJECT STATEMENT: Merrill Gardens at Carolina Park is a three-story, 130-unit assisted living community with 10 memory care units. The community is connected to the greater planned community via an extensive trail system; residents can walk or take golf carts to a public library, churches, a community center and medical facilities.

The architecture was inspired by the historic Charleston single house, with its classic vernacular shape, simple light color palette, contrasting shutters and large porches. The porch was an integral concept to the design promoting resident connectedness.

A central courtyard provides an outdoor gathering place and contains sustainable gardens, pergolas, a fire pit, a fountain and a walking loop. The community is at 61% occupancy.

  • DEVELOPER: Pillar Properties
  • BUILDER: Trident Construction
  • ARCHITECT: Urbal Architecture
  • MARKETING FIRM: Merrill Gardens
  • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT/DESIGNER: Synchronicity Land + Architecture

PHOTOGRAPHER: Benton Henry Photography