November 5, 2014
Convention Center Site Project Could Play Nicely off Ryman
Perhaps lost during the hoopla of Tuesday’s announcement that OliverMcMillan has joined the team looking to reinvent the site of the 1980s-era building housing the Nashville Convention Center is the addition of international architecture firm Gensler.
Rarely (if ever) has a Nashville project featured an architect as successful as the San Francisco-based firm. According to Metropolis magazine, Gensler employs more than 2,400 people, working in 46 offices in 16 countries. Gensler's newest offices are Mexico City and Sydney. (Read more about the company here).
Pat Emery, president of Spectrum | Emery — which will team with Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone (for office space leasing) and OliverMcMillan (for retail space leasing) — said Gensler and the Nashville office of Gresham Smith & Partners will team to give the Fifth Avenue façade of the multi-building development a form and function that will be respectful of the Ryman Auditorium.
Specifically, that part of the building will be recessed so as to allow a better symbiotic relationship with the Ryman (see in below image).
“We’ve paid homage to the Mother Church by giving it some breathing room [in relation to the planned building],” Emery (pictured) said. “Little things like that that people will see over time.”
The current convention center facility offers a concrete-bunker-like form, with its basically blank eastern wall almost menacingly mocking the Ryman and coldly looming over passers-by.
Emery says the replacement buildings will be much more pedestrian friendly in both form and function.
“This project is as much about lifestyles and people as it is the buildings,” he said.
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