The Nashville skyline is already pretty notorious for its unusually shaped buildings, but if the local property developer gets his way, the cityscape will soon have its most distinctive shape yet.
Travis Kelty, owner and president of Impakt Real Estate, is envisaging building an acoustic guitar shaped skyscraper that will tower over the city and will serve as an iconic landmark in the USA’s much-loved capital of music.
“I came up with the idea a few years ago,” said Kelty. “I went out and bought a guitar for my wife, and when I flipped it onto its side, I looked at it and I thought ‘that would make a fantastic building!’”.
The guitar shaped skyscraper, which is still in the planning stage, would include space for offices, restaurants and residents. Kelty said that the skyscraper is initially planned to be 32 stories high, encompassing some 300,000 ft.². The project has been tentatively named “Strings”, and Kelty said that contractors and an architect are already working on the design, although he is yet to determine a site for the building.
“Ideally, we would like to see the “Strings” constructed in the Gulch, if it's possible,” said Kelty. “However, that's not the only area we are looking at – we are also looking at Downtown, Music Row and the West End as possible construction sites.”
Kelty's plans might seem like a pipe dream, but the developer revealed that he is in talks with two potential tenants who want to relocate to Nashville, and he insisted that he is determined to see “Strings” become a reality.
“If you look at the components, and you think about it logically, “Strings” isn't all that different from other skyscrapers that have been built in the past. What's more, the building would be perfect for the city - it's reflection of both its culture and its history, and underlines what music has brought to the city,” insisted Kelty.
“It has the potential to become an iconic building the Nashville, one that would gain widespread international recognition.”
Kelty said that he should be able to pin down her death site for the building within the next two months. He estimates that the project’s construction costs will run between $80 million and $100 million.
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