Nashville Elementary School

2004

An elementary school located in downtown Nashville would allow the city to become a place to live rather than just work. After an extensive study of Demonbreun Street, the main connector between Downtown and Music Row, its intersection with Fifth Avenue, dubbed the “Avenue of the Arts,” became the perfect site for a Magnet Arts Elementary School. The building form is designed as part of an architectural composition forming a harmony between the different zoned areas, large public, medium-sized semi-public, and small private classrooms, represented by a central circulation space between them. The large public areas engage the street in a dialog created through the rhythm of spaces stepping up with the streets changing elevation. The classroom wing extends from the public spaces and separates the private classroom spaces from the main street. The medium semi-public spaces pierce the circulation spaces, extending the interior space to the park located behind the building.