Creating Places: A Citizen Observer's Look at Nashville's Built Environment

Writer's Note: William Williams' interest in the manmade environment dates to 1970, at which point the then-young Williams started a collection of postcards of city skylines. The collection now numbers 1,000-plus cards. Among the writer's specific interests are exterior building design, city district planning, demographics, signage, mixed-use development, mass transit and green/sustainable construction and living. Williams began his Creating Places column with The City Paper in February 2005. The column in its original form was discontinued in September 2008 and reinvented via this blog in November 2008. Creating Places can be found on the home page of the website of The City Paper, at which Williams has worked in various capacities since October 2000.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Creating Places: Omni Hotel

The recently released renderings of the Omni hotel give me modest reason for optimism. I do like, however, the Fifth Avenue face of the building, including the expansion piece for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. That side offers an interesting variety of shapes, colors and materials.

As to the tower, it looks to be very horizontal (in part, due to its L-shape). I don't foresee the building providing a sense of verticality, but it's massing could be impressive. I'm still not sure about the KVB face, but it's likely to deliver a certain unwanted level of vehicular intensity.


  1. It's a piece of sh!t. A low-rise slab of the same old garbage we see in all the buildings downtown. This hotel will appear as nothing on the skyline. What is Omni doing with all the rest of the money they're taking from MDHA? They sure as heck aren't putting it into this building!

  2. Are these renderings online somewhere so we can see what your'e saying.

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  4. A-mous,

    Sorry for the delayed response attaching the renderings. Here we go.