Predictably, this reinvigoration has spread to Nashville’s outskirts, and we are proud to play a part in the Music City’s makeover. There, near Antioch, Tennessee, we worked to turn one initially challenging piece of property into a beautiful place to call home.
What would become The Anson multi-family residences began as a dramatically sloped plot of land surrounded by wetlands. What it needed to be was luxury living for several hundred Nashville commuters. As we sometimes do with challenging properties and site plans, we took this project over from another architecture firm. We began by moving the original position of the buildings around a bit to better fit the topography, then blasted through tons of rock and accounted for a required wetlands buffer and drain field edging around a large stream. It wasn’t the easiest project we’ve undertaken, but hot damn (as they say), are we pleased with the results.
It’s rare that budgets allow us to go wild creating a luxury, in town-like living experience in the suburbs, and this project was no exception. Creativity however gave us an edge. We needed to give The Anson a contemporary feel – clean, modern and amiably industrial – and that typically means a flat roof and a sophisticated façade. We decided to use minimalism to our advantage, making the rooflines interesting but still somewhat conventional to bridge the stylistic gap. Overhangs, cantilevers and pop-outs also help the downtown vibe along, creating an overall aesthetic that’s competitive with more urban developments but isn’t too “out there” for the neighborhood.