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    Ascend Amphitheater


    • Master Planning
    • Architect of Record
    • Architecture
    • Interior Design


    • Project Type: Civic, Entertainment, Park
    • Location: Nashville, TN
    • Size: 35,00 SF
    • Completion: 2015
    • Photographer: Matt Carbone


    • MIT Honor Award in Masonry – 2017
    • AIA Middle Tennessee Honor Award – 2016
    • AIA Tennessee Award of Merit – 2016
    • Pollstar Award – Best New Major Concert Venue – 2016
    • ULI Nashville Excellence in Development Award – 2016
    • ULI Nashville Excellence in Development People’s Choice Award – 2016
    • AIA Gulf States Award of Merit – 2016
    • Academy of Country Music Industry Award Venue of the Year – Medium Capacity – 2016
    • LEED Gold Certified

    As part of downtown Nashville’s West Riverfront Park, the new 7,000 patron amphitheater is designed as a world-class music venue — a new icon for Music City — and to function as part of a 12-acre park on off-performance days. Following the recommendations of our South of Broadway Strategic Master Plan, the City of Nashville asked our team, including UDA, Hawkins Partners and other consultants, to develop concepts for a 12-acre park with an outdoor music venue along the banks of the Cumberland River.  Working with nationally recognized acoustic and theater designers, we prepared a program and initial conceptual designs for the project in order to provide the city with preliminary cost estimates. The amphitheater is located to optimize the use of the site as a park and is designed to be open to the public year round on non-performance days. The 100-foot span is open on both sides to offer a transparent view to the skyline and a dramatic backdrop for performances. As Architect of Record, Smith Gee Studio worked collaboratively with Hodgetts + Fung and a team of renowned theater and acoustic consultants on the architectural design for the new 35,000 s.f., 7,000-patron theater in downtown Nashville. It includes back-of -house facilities and ancillary buildings suitable for a world-class commercial venue.