The East Tennessee Design Center’s 2022 Community Collaborative Charrette wrapped up this week. Submissions for the redesigning at the corner of MLK, Jr and Ben Hur Avenues (the James Davis Harvest Center at 5 Points) have been submitted by four architecture design firms and will be released later this year. Here is a preview of the designs to consider.
The charrette was focused on a parcel of land in East Knoxville, at the corner of MLK, Jr and Ben Hur Avenue, which is the James H. Davis 5pt Harvest Center.
The teams were instructed to take into account existing zoning codes as well as the results of a community input survey from last Summer; otherwise, they were free to reimagine the possibilities.
Four firms were solicited to submit possible redesigns for the corner of MLK and Ben Hur Avenues.
- Barber McMurry Architects submitted their vision of a community center.
- Benefield Richters architecture firm partnered with landscape architects and urban planners Ross/Fowler to create its concept of mixed-use buildings, a large plaza space, and a water feature.
- Johnson Architecture partnered with IBI Placemaking and created an area for townhomes and apartments, complete with pedestrian paths meandering between them and through an ovular green space.
- McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects (MHM) created a mix of uses that includes a community center and pavilion with apartments bisected by a large pathway running under the building toward MLK.
For a visual of each firm’s designs submitted to ETCDC, click here.