OF NASHVILLE LIBRARY ADDITION, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
The University School of Nashville, an independent K-12 school
of 1000 students, is located on a tight urban site adjacent
to Vanderbilt University. The school's library was constructed
with its original building in 1924 and had been outgrown decades
ago. However, the only space for a new library was a 70-foot
strip of land between the existing building and the sidewalk.
EOA developed a tall, thin library design that both fits in
with the original McKim, Mead & White-designed school
building and makes clear that it is a project designed in
and for the 21st century.
White roofs, geothermal heating and cooling, the reuse (for
cabinetry) of wood from the four trees that had to be removed
for the project, and effective daylighting of over 80% of
the spaces are among the many high-quality design elements
yielding a building that will be enjoyable and easy to maintain
for more than twice the life of a typical new American building.