Southeastern Glass Building / Sanders Pace Architecture

© David Smith Photography

The Southeastern Glass Building is a mixed-use development in , Tennessee.  Designed by Sanders Pace Architecture the project is situated at a gateway intersection into downtown within a unique flat iron shaped historic building. Follow the break for drawings, photographs, and further project description.

Architects: Sanders Pace Architecture
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee,
Project Team: John L. Sanders, AIA LEED AP (Principal in Charge), Brandon F. Pace AIA LEED AP, Michael K. Aktalay LEED AP, Michael A. Davis LEED AP
Structural Engineers: Mallia Engineering Company
Mechanical Engineers: Bedinger Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineers: Vreeland Engineering
Contractor: J.A. Fielden General Contractors
Client: Conversion Properties
Project Area: 26,150 sqf
Poject Year: 2010
Photographs: David Smith Photography, Sanders Pace Architecture, Stock Footage

© David Smith Photography

The original use of the building included a large vehicular elevator accessing all floors for the installation of automobile windshields and glass. This large vertical shaft yielded an extremely inefficient existing floor plate, while 50% of the existing square footage occurred below the street level.

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The design of the project rectifies these inefficiencies by locating a new vertical circulation core within an addition directly adjacent to the existing building along with much needed occupiable square footage within a new penthouse level. This new circulation core allows for the reclamation of the floor area previously occupied by the existing elevator and gives it over the new residential and retail spaces.

typical floor plan

These additions are separated both in plan and in section with a ribbon of glass and framed within a folded plane providing a clear distinction of the new program while celebrating the existing building’s historic qualities. A total of 15 unique residential units were created within a much more efficient floor plate utilizing new modern finishes to again contrast and showcase the existing massive existing structural elements of the original building.

© David Smith Photography

The four retail spaces have direct access from the main public pedestrian path, providing much needed activity to the district. Private parking under the building and newly created outdoor space for the residents gives this urban mixed use development much of the conveniences rarely found in a center city development.

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Cite: "Southeastern Glass Building / Sanders Pace Architecture" 05 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Vanessa thompson

    I love exclusive design! It’s really great! You should check and get some inspired!

  • Ben Pemberton

    How do I find out rental info on this place?