The building's orientation on the site responds to the unique constraints and characteristics of this site; the sloping hillside with large, existing trees, a well used challenger league baseball field, which has been a part of this neighborhood for many years, the residential edge and the street. The building sits on the edge of an existing residential neighborhood and provides a pedestrian friendly entry at the street. An added feature is the private drop off and rear entry located on the park side of the building.
The building is organized around a central spine which provides visual control of all major spaces and entries. These spines not only create dramatically framed views to important spaces within the building, but create a sense of transparency by affording pedestrians on the street, clear views through the building and into the park beyond. The running track, which makes up the second floor, extends around the perimeter of the gym and forms the edge of the double height volume along the central spine. A bridge spans the atrium connecting the track and dance studio. A large two-story, glass volume allows light to flood the main level and atrium.
Award of Honor, AIA Middle Tennessee