Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum opened its new, state-of-the-art facility in October of 2018, creating a welcome addition to Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall and shining a fresh spotlight on Tennessee’s past, present, and future. The architect for the project engaged McCoy Design to create timeless signage that would complement the building’s grand architecture for the next 100 years, from the back of the house to the exterior and public gallery floors.
In the design phase, the museum’s architect requested glass and bronze signs throughout the museum, however, bronze proved to be cost prohibitive. We had to get creative not only with design, but with materials as well.
We designed the signage package using glass elements as requested, and substituted stained zinc and painted aluminum in place of bronze for interior signs and cabinets. We worked through a number of materials and methods with our fabrication partners before settling on a material that could give the look of bronze within the museum’s budget.
We helped this new Nashville landmark achieve a high-end look without blowing the budget.
EOA Architects PLLC
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