Calvin L. Hinz Architects | Hansen House Harlan
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Hansen House Harlan

About This Project

This project encompasses 40,000 square feet of living space. The design subscribes to the concepts developed for Green House elder care and remained consistent with the branding of the Hansen House properties. The intent of the design was to deinstitutionalize senior living and create spaces where residents can build relationships with each other, families and caregivers. This design created an environment that was not like home but was home.

Resident rooms were arranged so as not to enter a long institutional corridor but enter a contiguous living space such as a living room, sitting room or library. These spaces promote increased socialization and opportunities for engagement.

Kitchens were designed to be residential in feel and encourage guests to prepare meals for the residents that live at Hansen Harlan.

Colors in jewel tones were used because of their calming effect. Fireplaces, sitting areas and memory boxes were used to ease wayfinding throughout the building.

Project Type:

Senior Living, Housing


Harlan, IA



Total Size:

40,000 SF


  • Green House concepts
  • Open kitchen and dining areas
  • Community spaces
  • Calming design


  • Thompsen, Dreessen, Dorner
  • Shaffer & Stevens
  • Advanced Engineering Systems


Andersen Construction