Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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industry and steel structured bridges, are reflected by the amphitheater's steel skeleton, the open roof structures of the pavilions and through the rebar fence and railing designs throughout the park. 'Park First' It was the longtime desire of city leaders and the community for this site to be first and foremost a park. The "Park First" theme permeated the design direction, evoking a "front porch" for the city along the banks of the Cumberland. Park First becomes especially evident in the open back of the amphitheater structure, through which is viewed the downtown skyline and beyond. Additional pivoting windscreens allow for an even more open flow of visual sight lines. All of the amphitheater accessory buildings create a permeable front to the city streets, with sliding gates that facilitate ebb and flow into the site on a daily basis, with gates sliding closed only during ticketed events. Over-scaled customized swings, which marry the regional precast material and the industrial steel references, are strategically located to provide focused views down the Cumberland River and toward the main flow of the greenway path for people walking through the park. Above: The oversize swings facing the Cumberland River are inviting at night with 8-watt 3000K LED downlights (Bega) mounted to the precast and steel forms. The through-arch bridge that crosses the Cumberland River in Nashville was completed in 2004. Called the Gateway Bridge, it was rechristened the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge in 2006. Nashville's public works engineering division led the effort to relight the bridge with LEDs under the guidance of New York–based Domingo Gonzalez Associates. The bridge is lit by 3000K linear LED vandal-resistance vapor lights that accentuate the girders that support the 571-foot- long span. 'Cool-white' wide-beam floodlights accent the 72 bridge suspension cables and animate the dark red painted bridge deck. Clamp- mounted linear RGB LED fixtures light the arches. Control of the lights is wireless and programmable. PHOTO: DOMINGO GONZALES April 2017 31

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