1312 Adams St. Nashville, TN 37208
Nashville Urban Design Program
Summer 2016 | Professor T.K. Davis
Collaborators: Amy St. John, Johanna Coetzee, MaryKate Leitch
The objective of the Nashville Urban Design program was to revisit the Neuhoff slaughterhouse site in East Germantown just north of downtown Nashville. The neighborhood is teeming with new development, and in close proximity to the new ballpark, the Cumberland River, and it’s adjacent west bank greenway. Myself, along with two other team members, sought to transform the Neuhoff complex and the site directly to it’s north into an open and welcoming locus for creative practices.
The Neuhoff meat-packing plant witnessed the slaughter of 14,000 animals a week before its closure in 1977. The 700,000 square-foot complex dates back to 1906, and creates a very special architectural uniqueness in the East Germantown neighborhood.
As it was once a unique working community integral to the identity of Germantown, the reclamation, reconnection and re-activation of this post-industrial campus will be the key development strategy in the future. Nashville’s culture has been deeply rooted in art and music for decades. Forming a new art identity for future Nuehoff will be an appropriate method to connect Neuhoff back to the Germantown neighborhood and downtown Nashville art atmosphere in 21st century.
Due to Neuhoff’s strategic location next to the Cumberland River with a panoramic view of downtown Nashville to the south, Neuhoff site shows its great potential for contemporary landscape architectural practice. The potential not only for reclaiming the post-industrial site, but also revitalizing an established community with a new artistic identity through creative design of better use of the space in both buildings and landscape.