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, November 13, 2011

Creating Places: Five Points addition

This photo shows the right half of the new building (not sure the structure has an official name yet) in East Nashville's Five Points. My photography skills are, admittedly, modest (of note, I struggled to capture the entire building with my smart phone camera option), but this shot does offer a basic feel for the building, including height, materials and color scheme. Overall, I find the structure acceptable (particularly the contrasting gray and brown). However, I'm not too keen on the "brick cap" seen here. Seems out of scale. However, and on a somewhat positive note, the cap does show contrasting horizontally and vertically placed brick and features a trio of indented horizontal forms. The Hardie siding works well enough and, again, I do like the gray. On a minor criticism: The light fixtures on either side of the entrance are cool but perhaps a tad smallish. Lastly, the building plays rather nicely off the post office next door. Grade: B-minus to B.

1 comment:

  1. This project is a complete misfire. DA AD has successful projects in town. They seem to use traditional architectural styles, but with an updated and modern application. However, I feel a some of their projects the proportions feel a little whacked out. Particularly, with this project. The brick cap is entirely too heavy and although not photographed, the side facing west toward the intersection feels odd to me. Perhaps if/when a new building replaces the gas station at five points then this particular building may complement more nicely. But until then, I think this building just looks like it "trying to hard" to be different.