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, July 3, 2011

Creating Places: Bad West End Design Part 7

From the Stoney River Legendary Steaks structure, we now visit the building home to the Extended Stay America. I like the height and massing, but the colors, forms and positioning of the building are poorly executed. The north face of the building (that is, the side that fronts West End Avenue) is not well suited for addressing a major street. On a positive note, there is no surface parking separating the building from the sidewalk. I do think it's cool we have an extended stay hotel in this part of the city. But it simply seems the architect worked from a template from which multiple Extended Stay America designs are derived. Very generic.

1 comment:

  1. and too bad that the ONLY extended stay hotel property on west end ave. is one from a chain that is all too often called the OVER-extended stay...many of their locations are poorly managed and not well kept.