HDLA was commissioned in 2015 to design the new Tennessee State Museum. The Tennessee State Museum stands at the corner of Rosa L Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The roots of the museum can be traced back to 1817 with the opening of a museum on Nashville’s public square, which contained a painting housed in the new museum. The museum encompasses 137,000 square ft of gallery space and administrative offices. The museum’s exterior boasts an expansive gathering lawn designed to accommodate gatherings and events, a Tennessee waterways fountain which mimics the natural waterfalls found throughout the state, a children’s outdoor sculpture court and garden, gathering courts, east end west drop-off plazas, and a Tennessee physiographic walk to the north. The main axis entry walk aligns with the Capitol rotunda creating a striking visual connection, while the site responds seamlessly with the Capitol Mall. The design theme carries the use of native materials, geology, ecology and hydrology throughout the site.
Project name: Tennessee State Landscape Architect: HDLA
Other designers involved in the design of landscape (architects and landscape architects): EOA Architects, HGA
Project location: 1000 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN (USA)
Design year: 2015
Year Built: 2018
Photographer: Seth Parker, Parker Studios, LLC.