Related Companies and Atria Senior Living


Handel Architects

No. of Units

209 Residences

Project Scale

17,000 sf


Interior Architecture (hard finishes / detail) and FF&E design for all residences and amenities



A Reinvention of Senior Living at the Highest Level

When Related Companies and Atria Senior Living approached MAWD regarding the design of Coterie, a visionary collaboration aimed at offering an unrivaled retirement lifestyle in prime locations, the assignment was to create interiors featuring luxury amenities, elevated culinary experiences, concierge services, and forward-thinking programs that would offer engaging environments for people who expect to get more out of each day.

MAWD welcomed the challenge, taking the time to research and truly understand Coterie residents — who they are and what they are passionate about. The resulting overall design aesthetic at Coterie Cathedral Hill is "sophisticated casual," with high-end finishes throughout. Each room feels welcoming, with a color palette of light, neutral, and earthy tones to compliment the backdrop of San Francisco.

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It's a beautifully designed space with hardwood floors, white oak throughout and accents of brass and leather.

— Related Companies' Tansy Mak on ABC7 Bay Area

Rethinking the Approach

In preparation for the project, MAWD visited existing properties targeted at the audience, taking time to research and truly understand Coterie's residents, gaining insight into their characters, values and goals.

Who they are and what they are passionate about – including rich cultural experiences, life long learning, and engaging social activities – informed the design of both the 25,000 sf of amenities and 209 residences.

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Audience-Specific Design

The Cathedral Hill property offers a variety of entertaining opportunities as entertaining, while social, is very personal.

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The Coterie resident has an active social life with friends and family, happy hours and family dinners, yoga classes and bridge club.

Spaces need feel animated to be alive, and MAWD considered entertainment programming in terms of both active and passive functions as well as how they flow together. The Coterie interiors allow for formality when desired and spontaneity in moments of delight.

Residents can have one-on-one dinners in the dining room, or host a large group in the private dining room, which also features access to an impressive wine collection.

We wanted Coterie to evoke a specific feeling – for spaces to have a specific mood. MAWD designed spaces that would support their ability to live their best lives.

— Elliot March
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Natural, Local, Authentic

Rather than generic lounge spaces, MAWD designed a series of rooms, including a library, screening room and activity room, that are designed for different moments, be it a book club meeting, a cup of coffee with a friend, or a bridal shower for a grandchild. Each room feels welcoming, with a color palette of light, neutral, and earthy tones to compliment the backdrop of San Francisco.

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MAWD's EXCD priorities carry on into the look and feel.

— Elliot March
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EXCD for Luxury Later Life Living

MAWD designed the interiors with the residents’ specific needs in mind, considering seat and arm heights, lengths of banquettes, and the weight of the pieces themselves – allowing residents to enjoy each space with ease.

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No Detail Too Small

From the overall concept to seemingly small details, the main goal was enhancing each resident’s lifestyle.

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Practically Elegant

Within the private residences, the layouts are extremely welcoming and home-like, as well as functional, designed with wool carpet in the bedrooms, recessed lighting, herringbone hardwood floors, Elfa closet systems, and granite sinks and quartz countertops.

Kitchens are designed as beautiful millwork and feature everything a resident would need to cook, if they so choose.

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An Graceful Balance

The residences striking a stunning balance of authentic, casual luxury and sophisticated comfort.

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Project Press

ABC7 Bay Area

Exclusive tour inside luxury senior living complex coming to SF where studios cost $7,700 a month

Eater San Francisco

For His Next Move, an Acclaimed SF Chef Takes Retirement Home Dining to a Luxury Level

The Real Deal

SF’s newest senior housing project to rent for up to $27K per month

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