The new education center includes interactive galleries, classrooms and offices.
Transparency connects the education center with the landscape and diverse activities of Cheekwood.
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Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Visitor Center
Nashville, Tennessee
Cheekwood is a privately funded 55-acre estate on the western edge of Nashville, Tennessee that houses the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Since its founding in 1960, the Cheekwood Museum of Art has played an important role in the cultural and educational life of the Nashville community. GUND Partnership’s comprehensive plan for the institution’s revitalization has included site master planning, renovations, additions, and restorations to the Cheekwood Museum of Art, renovation of the stables with an addition to form a new educational center and related improvements and additions to its 55 acres of gardens that are shared with the Tennessee Botanical Garden.

The 1920’s Georgian Revival Mansion has been converted into a house museum and art museum with special emphasis on bringing back period style details. The Stable/Education Center project included renovating an existing 8,000-square-foot barn and horse stables together with 12,000-square-feet of new construction. The visitor education facility includes interactive galleries, an orientation center, staff offices, contemporary art galleries and art studio classrooms to facilitate learning about art, gardens and nature. The use of transparent materials allows the new center to act as a forecourt to the diverse activities and art works located in the landscape beyond its doors.

COMPLETION

1999

SIZE

12,000 SF New
38,000 SF Renovated

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jonathan Hillyer

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