Knollwood Office Building|
THE LEWIS GROUP ARCHITECTS
1111 Northshore Drive, #N-290, Knoxville, TN 37919
Total Square Feet:
Apr 2004 to Dec 2004
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Carpenter Wright Engineers - 152-F Market Place Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37922
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Blaine Construction Corporation - 6510 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc. - 1114 W. Clinch Avenue, #200, Knoxville, TN 37916
Located adjacent to the historic Knollwood Manor atop Bearden Hill in Knoxville, Tennessee, this three-story, 55,000-square-foot office building will serve as the new regional corporate headquarters of AmSouth Bank. It has been designed to complement and enhance the presence of the historic manor, to maximize the views of the Smoky Mountains to the south and east, and to function efficiently as a bank and/or multi-tenant building. Building owners, in conjunction with AmSouth Bank, developed a vision for this complex in which the new building would include state-of-the-art communications and banking technology inside a "timeless" building.
Knollwood Manor was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996, and, as such, is protected through the local planning commission's historic district zoning. Located on a site immediately adjacent to the historic manor, the Knollwood Office Building is subject to the restrictions of the overlay. The owners wanted character of the new building to be enduring so that both the old manor and the new building could benefit from their mutual adjacency, and the challenges of designing a successful corporate headquarters on a historic site proved to be fruitful in this regard.
The architects worked to complement and enhance the presence of the manor through the massing strategy and design details. The facade of the office building is set back, the top of the cornice is below the ridge of the manor's roof, the brick color of the manor remains a stronger shade of red. The stepping facade of the new building creates smaller building volumes that are more related to the scale of the manor. These volumes recede, allowing the manor to remain in the foreground of its picturesque site. The design and detailing of the brick and pre-cast concrete elements also mediate between the large scale of the building and that of the pedestrian. The architectural devices used to mitigate this scale difference give the building much of its character.
Although adjacent to a historic Knoxville landmark, the Knollwood Office Building, itself, does not lose its ability to create a landmark of its own. Its location gives it distinguished presence from both sides of the interstate, where its illuminated signage can be seen at all hours of the day. It sits central to the entire Bearden Hill, an area full of shops, restaurants, galleries, and office parks.
The main entrance is located on the south side of the building, while the employee entrance is located to the north, and the drive-thru to the west.
The main floor is a full service bank for the customers of AmSouth, while the second and third floors are occupied by the bank's executive offices, including lending groups, wealth management, commercial real estate, and consumer banking. The multi-media room on the third floor allows for video conferencing among officials in other regions. The headquarters will also serve as a training site for all AmSouth employees in the Southeast Region.
DIV 04: Brick: Boral Brick.
DIV 07: TPO Heat Welded: GenFlex.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.