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.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I seem to recall the building (I don't know the architect so if anybody does, please note) was constructed in the mid-2000s. For a time, I considered its exterior design to be very average. But nowadays, I grade that design a B-minus at the minimum, and maybe a B-plus. Some folks might not be so kind. I suppose critics might dislike how the parapet and the second-level windows stair step in an opposite manner, creating what they could argue is a jolting effect. Others might feel the window in the center of the building is excessively large in relation to the other windows. Still others might contend the subtle H-shape of the structure is a bit odd.
Regardless, I find the little commercial building underrated — and a fine addition to the public realm.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
* Below is an image of the building Texas-based Meeks Partners has designed for an unnamed developer. The structure will sit on Eighth Avenue North across the street from the Farmers Market in Hope Gardens. I like it overall but it does seem to lack some proportionality (it appears a bit too horizontal in relation to its verticality). More thoughts later.
* The Music City Center will soon sport signage. I can't determine at this point if it will be attractive. I've seen at least two (and maybe three) signs being prepared for finish.
* If all goes well, Pine Street Flats will feature The Pub, an English tavern, as a retail tenant. I have visited Nicholson's Pub & Tavern in Cincinnati (the same Ohio-based company owns both The Pub and Nicholson's) and was very impressed. This should be a strong addition to the Gulch.
* Jim Creason's Luxus Germantown is moving toward reality. Should be a strong example of traditional design. Read more here.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Museum of African American Music
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Still, the exterior of the building is excessively bland, lacking definition, a clear entrance, and the type verticality that the south side of KVB so badly needs. In fairness, the architect (Moody Nolan) had minimal physical space to work with (for example, the building's side that will face Sixth will be no more than about 35 feet wide). I would also suppose the design budget was no more substantial than this writer's knowledge of commercial country music.
So with those limitations, I'll try to be optimistic and hope the police precinct building, upon its completion, will grade at least a C-plus (if not a B-minus).