Goettsch Partners Designs Nashville Residential Tower


Goettsch Partners has designed Alcove, a new residential tower in Nashville, Tennessee, developed by Giarratana LLC. Located at 900 Church Street, adjacent to the 17-acre, Amazon-anchored Nashville Yards development, the new 34-story, 416-foot-tall tower includes 356 units. Totaling 375,800 square feet, the building will feature such amenities as a rooftop game room, two pools and several communal alcoves. GP is designing the building as well as the interior layouts.

The building is composed as a series of stacked, shifted cubes organized in pairs on four levels. The unique arrangement opens up inner sections of the building and allows for unique views and alcoves. The tower footprint maximizes the site, with residential units—currently designed for flexibility as either apartments or condominiums—including 32 studios, 224 one-bedroom units and 100 two-bedroom units. Two second-floor units have adjoining, private outdoor terraces. The building façade uses an intricate window wall featuring two varying shades of glazed metal panels, which frame floor-to-ceiling glass for each unit.

“The design of the project is driven by the developer’s goal of ‘visually stimulating’ architecture and the desire to create unique spaces and vantage points in the center of the building,” says Vladimir Andrejevic, AIA, principal and senior project designer at GP. “In some cases, you will be able to step off the elevator and immediately overlook the city.” 

As part of the overall program, signature amenity spaces are creatively placed within four wood-finished aluminum cutouts, or alcoves, that feature intimate, communal outdoor terraces. Two of the 75-foot-tall terraces will face east toward the Nashville skyline, and two others will face west, with unobstructed sunset views. Rooftop amenities include a business center, private dining with a catering kitchen, a game room, lounge, and an outdoor pool deck, featuring a lap pool with a six-inch-deep sun shelf and a separate glass-bottom pool that overhangs the 27th floor amenity terrace on the west side of the building. Initial planning also calls for incorporating state-of-the-art package delivery and retrieval systems for residents.

In addition to Alcove, GP is currently working on other residential projects in Nashville, as well as Austin, Texas; Chicago; and several cities in China. The Alcove project is expected to break ground later this year, with anticipated completion in 2022.