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Studio Gang and SCAPE Reveal Plans for Tom Lee Park on the Memphis Waterfront

09:00 - 4 February, 2019
Studio Gang and SCAPE Reveal Plans for Tom Lee Park on the Memphis Waterfront , In the park’s wildest reaches, a dramatic tower stretches into the sky. An immediate landmark at the southern edge of Tom Lee Park, the Habitat Tower provides an attractive structure for birds to nest and rest and a memorable gathering space where park visitors can feel as if they’re hovering above the Mississippi. Image © Studio Gang
In the park’s wildest reaches, a dramatic tower stretches into the sky. An immediate landmark at the southern edge of Tom Lee Park, the Habitat Tower provides an attractive structure for birds to nest and rest and a memorable gathering space where park visitors can feel as if they’re hovering above the Mississippi. Image © Studio Gang

Studio Gang and SCAPE has unveiled further details of their plans to transform the Memphis waterfront with the new Tom Lee Park. One of five zones included in Studio Gang's six-mile masterplan for the riverfront, the park has been developed with input from over 4,000 people, including community groups, stakeholders, and local students from North and South Memphis.

The proposal for Tom Lee Park draws inspiration from the Mississippi River, “reimagined as a vibrant and dynamic civic space that fosters positive encounters and civic pride, restores natural ecology and conditions, and better connects the city to the river.” New architecture floating above the landscape is inspired by historic structures that once dotted the riverfront, such as terminal buildings, grain elevators, and barges.

A terraced, universally-accessible pathway flows down the bluff to connect downtown Memphis to the new Tom Lee Park from Beale Street. Wide steps provide a comfortable place to sit and take in the views of the revitalized park and the river beyond. Image © Studio Gang Near the river’s edge, a central canopy floats above a set of Activity Courts, framing the river beyond and protecting the courts below that can be used for basketball and other sports, as well as events like concerts or weddings. Concessions, lockers, storage, and bathrooms are located nearby. Image © Studio Gang Natural play areas, dynamic topography, rocky boulder outcroppings, and winding paths make the Tailout zone of Tom Lee Park a playtime paradise. An outdoor classroom, experimental garden, and other hands-on opportunities give kids a chance to connect with and learn about the unique ecology of the Mississippi River. Image © Studio Gang A welcoming entry plaza greets visitors and orients them to a range of riverfront and park activities, from boat cruises to basketball. In the heart of the plaza, water features and bright swaths of native plants evoke the movement of the river and provide photo-worthy moments for all ages. Large open areas within the plaza can accommodate public gatherings, art installations, and festival tents. Image © Studio Gang + 6

85 Union / Looney Ricks Kiss

17:00 - 24 December, 2018
85 Union / Looney Ricks Kiss, © Ken West Photography
© Ken West Photography

© Ken West Photography © Ken West Photography © Ken West Photography © Ken West Photography + 11

Poplar Foundation + Pyramid Peak Foundation / archimania

15:00 - 24 October, 2018
Poplar Foundation + Pyramid Peak Foundation / archimania, Courtesy of archimania
Courtesy of archimania

Courtesy of archimania Courtesy of archimania Courtesy of archimania Courtesy of archimania + 18

Heart of the Park Buildings at Shelby Farms Park / Marlon Blackwell Architect + James Corner Field Operations

14:00 - 5 October, 2018
Heart of the Park Buildings at Shelby Farms Park / Marlon Blackwell Architect + James Corner Field Operations, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley + 42

Old Dominick Distillery / Looney Ricks Kiss

08:00 - 24 July, 2018
Old Dominick Distillery / Looney Ricks Kiss, © McGinn Photography
© McGinn Photography

© McGinn Photography © McGinn Photography © McGinn Photography © McGinn Photography + 20

UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation / brg3s Architects

17:00 - 11 July, 2018
© Tim Hursley
© Tim Hursley

© Tim Hursley © Tim Hursley © Tim Hursley © Tim Hursley + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    26 S Dunlap St, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
  • Category

  • Project Principal

    Brett Ragsdale
  • Lead Designer

    Jason Jackson
  • Project Architect

    Kate Haywood
  • Area

    60719.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Orion Federal Credit / archimania

15:00 - 22 June, 2018
Orion Federal Credit  / archimania, © Hank Mardukas
© Hank Mardukas

© Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas + 29

Renasant Bank - Shell + Interiors / brg3s Architects

14:00 - 24 May, 2018
Renasant Bank - Shell + Interiors / brg3s Architects, © Chad Mellon
© Chad Mellon

© Chad Mellon © Chad Mellon © Chad Mellon © Chad Mellon + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    2046 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, United States
  • Category

  • Project Principal/Lead Designer

    Jason Jackson
  • Interior Designer

    Christine Wass
  • Area

    7500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Crosstown Concourse / Looney Ricks Kiss

16:00 - 20 March, 2018
Crosstown Concourse / Looney Ricks Kiss, © Nicholas McGinn
© Nicholas McGinn

© Aerial Innovations © Nicholas McGinn © Chad Mellon © Jamie Harmon + 25

Ballet Memphis / archimania

17:00 - 22 January, 2018
Ballet Memphis / archimania, © Hank Mardukas Photography
© Hank Mardukas Photography

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography + 43

The Chisca on Main / Bounds and Gillespie Architects + Looney Ricks Kiss

16:00 - 19 September, 2017
The Chisca on Main  / Bounds and Gillespie Architects + Looney Ricks Kiss, © Ken West
© Ken West

© Ken West © Ken West © Ken West © Nicholas McGinn - McGinn Photography + 24

Memphis Teacher Residency / archimania

11:01 - 4 September, 2017
Memphis Teacher Residency / archimania, © Hank Mardukas
© Hank Mardukas

© Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas + 19

Mama Gaia Restaurant / archimania

13:00 - 1 September, 2017
Mama Gaia Restaurant / archimania, © Hank Mardukas Photography
© Hank Mardukas Photography

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography + 18

Studio Gang Unveils Community-Led Revitalization Masterplan for Memphis' Mississippi River

16:15 - 18 July, 2017
Studio Gang Unveils Community-Led Revitalization Masterplan for Memphis' Mississippi River , A variety of new amenities at Tom Lee Park, from an adventure playground to an elegant pavilion, would provide park users with many activity options in all seasons. Different types of trails would allow for different speeds of movement through the park, while areas of respite and shade encourage everyone to relax and take in the Mississippi. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang
A variety of new amenities at Tom Lee Park, from an adventure playground to an elegant pavilion, would provide park users with many activity options in all seasons. Different types of trails would allow for different speeds of movement through the park, while areas of respite and shade encourage everyone to relax and take in the Mississippi. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has unveiled plans for the revitalization of the Mississippi River waterfront in Memphis, Tennessee. Spanning a 6-mile stretch along a historic section of the river, the masterplan was developed in response to more than 4,500 survey responses and several public events, ensuring that the concept offers transformative ideas that relate to the entire Memphis community.

"The concept offers a series of actionable ideas meant to help the Riverfront achieve its potential as a shared, connected civic space for all Memphians to enjoy,” said Gia Biagi, principal of urbanism and civic impact at Studio Gang.

Courtesy of Studio Gang A variety of new plantings and structures that amplify Mud Island’s river ecology can help transform the peninsula into an active place offering a diverse array of opportunities for learning, teaching, research, gathering, and simply enjoying the outdoors. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang Elevating visitors above the river in Greenbelt Park, a thick arch of native trees directs views across the Mississippi and provides great habitat for birds and other animals. Below the walkway, visitors can explore a native wetland on foot or by kayak, depending on the rise and fall of the river. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang Masterplan Overview. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang + 5

Tech901 / archimania

15:00 - 12 July, 2017
Tech901 / archimania, © Hank Mardukas
© Hank Mardukas

© Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas + 17

Woodard Residence / archimania

13:00 - 23 February, 2017
Woodard Residence  / archimania, © Hank Mardukas Photography
© Hank Mardukas Photography

© Hank Mardukas Photography  © Hank Mardukas Photography  © Hank Mardukas Photography  © Hank Mardukas Photography  + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Memphis, TN, United States
  • Category

  • Area

    3750.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016

Methodist South Emergency Department Addition / brg3s architects

18:00 - 6 February, 2017
Methodist South Emergency Department Addition  / brg3s architects, © Tim Hursley
© Tim Hursley

© Tim Hursley              © Tim Hursley              © Tim Hursley              © Tim Hursley              + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Memphis, TN, United States
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Jason Jackson, Jon Summers, Amber Fournier
  • Area

    23000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Hattiloo Theatre / archimania

12:00 - 28 April, 2015
Hattiloo Theatre / archimania, © Hank Mardukas Photography
© Hank Mardukas Photography

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography + 17