Gulch Crossing Development in Nashville, Tennessee

In a design by Eric Swenson Associates (ESa), the Gulch Crossing development features Zahner patinated weathering steel in both its interior and exterior spaces. The dark patina on the weathering steel surface frames the building's wood canopy, and provides a backdrop for the water feature at its entrance.

To produce the interior and exterior steel, the A588 alloy weathering steel was processed by Zahner with a custom patina process. This Solanum Steel process yielded 3000 ft² of 3mm weathering steel with the Solanum Steel patina, which was supplied to John W McDougall, Metal Fabricators. The Nashville-based company completed the metalwork and installation.

The site sits between a popular restaurant, retail, and entertainment district and a rail yard that was once the place where visitors first arrived to the city, standing where the rail lines shift direction to reconcile with the city grid. The rail line expression is reinforced with a linear infinity edge fountain running the length of the 100’ weathered steel and wood “boxcar” frame that extends beyond the building to create a sheltered outdoor plaza.

Interior weathering steel wall panels for the service desk at Gulch Crossing.
Interior weathering steel wall panels for the service desk at Gulch Crossing.
Weathering steel canopy for Gulch Crossing in Nashville.
Weathering steel canopy for Gulch Crossing in Nashville.
Weathering steel and wood canopy crosses into the interior space.
Weathering steel and wood canopy crosses into the interior space.
Gulch Crossing provides a high walkability score, an uncommon feature for similar mid-rise buildings.
Gulch Crossing provides a high walkability score, an uncommon feature for similar mid-rise buildings.
Weathering steel water feature backdrop for the Gulch Crossing entrance.
Weathering steel water feature backdrop for the Gulch Crossing entrance.
Gulch Crossing at dusk.
Gulch Crossing at dusk.
Weathering steel at sunset for the Gulch Crossing canopy.
Weathering steel at sunset for the Gulch Crossing canopy.