This luxury hotel seeks to embrace the urban nature of the surrounding Gulch neighborhood while setting itself apart from other developments. Plant life becomes the predominant exterior feature of the proposed 20-story hotel, an offering for guests seeking biophilic spaces within the city where greenery is less prevalent. The planter edges aid in defining floor levels and providing human scale, while also creating an ever-changing, living façade. The entry utilizes a structural cantilever over the porte cochere to aid in the arrival sequence and to dedicate proper area to the city streetscape. This enhances guests’ sense of arrival and invites the neighborhood into the street-level 2,500-squre-foot restaurant and 650-square-foot retail space adjacent to the main lobby.
Due to the restricted block sizes, material selection is crucial to how the project presents itself along Porter Street and Grundy Street. Glass and brass-toned metal create an inviting and warm entry. The tower is a mixture of precast concrete and glass—materials which differentiate each other texturally and reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the Gulch—that will integrate into Nashville’s skyline and the surrounding urban landscape. The result of these considerations creates a design “in the round” where all four elevations are addressed consistently from all sides of the midblock site. Seeking LEED Gold certification, the hotel will also include 219 guestrooms, 5,000 square feet of meeting space, rooftop pool and bar, spa/fitness facility and private bar and lounge rental.