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Hyatt Centric Downtown Nashville

Located in Nashville’s South of Broadway (SoBro) neighborhood, Hyatt Centric Downtown Nashville—a joint venture by C.B. Ragland Company and Hyatt Corporation—introduces a contemporary hospitality experience rooted in the layered history of its locale. The building’s design evokes the historically ad-hoc development of the neighborhood in a refined and forward-looking expression and material palette.

HASTINGS’ first move in planning for Hyatt Centric was to strategically shift the block of Molloy Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues—where previously there was a jog in the road—to align with the urban grid. This move provides an improved pedestrian experience for visitors and locals while supporting vehicular traffic and access to the hotel. The design solution creates a fourteen-foot structural cantilever over the Molloy pedestrian zone. This fourteen-foot setback maximizes the building footprint for guest rooms and parking while creating an activated pedestrian experience. The generous overhang shades wide sidewalks, outdoor dining, and ground-floor retail and restaurant spaces. A warm wood soffit welcomes visitors into the space.

Brick masonry detailing on the ground floor pays homage to the historic warehouses, that once populated the neighborhood. With its proximity to the Cumberland River, the site and surrounding area was formerly home to Nashville’s shipping and receiving network. The rhythm of the glazed openings along Molloy Street echoes old warehouse docking bays.

A custom-brushed aluminum perforated metal screen conceals above grade parking. Eleven levels of amenity and guest rooms are clad in clear and tinted glazing. The pattern of both the garage screen fins and the tower glazing was derived from the early street grid in the neighborhood, whose layout contains clues to the area’s history.

Raised above neighboring podiums, floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest rooms take advantage of city and Cumberland River views and viewsheds of landmarks, including the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Ryman Auditorium.

The 170,000-square-foot, 252-key hotel introduces a contemporary hospitality experience including ground floor restaurants Ella’s on 2nd and Pancake Pantry, eleven suites, meeting rooms, and amenity spaces, including a rooftop pool bar.

Location
Nashville, Tennessee
Size
170,000 square feet; 252 keys
Client
Joint Venture Partners: C.B. Ragland and Hyatt
Interiors
Stonehill Taylor
Photography
David Mitchell