Duncaster is an assisted living community near West Hartford Connecticut where much of it's campus had been designed by Ewing Cole. When they wanted to expand their dining facility, Mark Ottmann was asked to lead that effort. We studied several directions for a central fireplace element - some more playful than others, in their Casual Dining Area. But in the Main Dining Room it was clear that they wanted something very formal and elegant. The attached sketches illustrate some of that design process. We also studied a concept that was more like a cafe/buffet for visitors to the community.