Chet Atkins and the lasting impact he left on the music industry throughout his career inspired the design of this new mixed-use office building. Conceived in a modern industrial style utilizing exposed steel, concrete, brick and wood, the building has a raw, gritty nature suited to the creative class of tenants in Nashville’s historic Music Row.

Reminiscent of the front porches along Music Row, which served as gathering places for creative groups to talk and sing together, outdoor terraces are located in the center of the building to inspire a sense of community and collaboration. These shared terraces, which provide tenants with an outdoor space to spend time together partnering on projects or writing music, also honor Chet Atkins’ reputation as a collaborative mentor for up-and-coming artists. Similar in scale and texture to the surrounding neighborhood, they further reinforce community connection. The steel frame element surrounding the terraces represents an abstracted guitar head from one of Chet’s custom-designed guitars.

Targeting LEED® Silver Certification, the new 10-story office building houses four floors of Class A office space and six floors of garage parking totaling 391 spaces. To engage the surrounding neighborhood, two small retail spaces are located on the ground level.

Photos © Chad Mellon