The Downtown Commons is a dynamic public space that occupies an entire city block in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville featuring the Third Street Pavilion – an elegantly winged structure that forms a natural bandshell with its striking roofline to project sound across the central green of the Commons. The design of the Commons took inspiration from the natural geology of the highland rim by accentuating the site’s challenging topography to create a thicket beneath a series of cascading site walls and terraced seating that form a natural basin. The space is nestled in a verdant copse of river birch that invites visitors to relax in their calming, dappled shade. The connective tissue of the Commons is an interactive water feature that is comprised of gently flowing cast stone rills, that intertwine to create a mosaic of distinct experiences along Second Street and Main Street, before culminating in a calmly rippling play delta at their confluence. Also along Main Street, a small adventure play area comprised of three limestone boulders, culled from the site during the construction has been tucked into a lushly planted landscape.
Landscape Architect: HDLA
Other designers involved in the design of landscape (architects and landscape architects): Lyle-Cook Martin Architects
Project location: 215 Legion Street, Clarksville, TN (USA)
Year Built: 2018
Photographer: Seth Parker, Parker Studios LLC.