Bjarke Ingels team to design $500m Tennessee Performing Arts Centre

Image of the TPAC as it currently stands
A team made up of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Boston’s William Rawn Associates and Nashville-based EOA Architects has won a contract to design a new home for the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre (TPAC).

The development is funded by a $200m grant from the Tennessee General Assembly, with an additional $300m to follow next year, along with private donations.

The TPAC will move from its current base at the state-owned James K Polk Cultural Centre, which attracts 435,000 visitors a year. This is expected to grow when the centre moves to a larger home.

When complete, it will host Broadway tours, ballet, opera, theatre and three resident companies: the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Opera and the Nashville Repertory Theatre.

Bjarke Ingels, BIG’s founder, said: “Nashville is a city fuelled by the creative energy of music and performing arts. TPAC is already lively and celebrated, we are about to embark on a journey to imagine and design the future physical framework of TPAC that will be as open, inviting, integrated and inclusive as the institution already is.

“Once the form reflects the organisation’s mission, we believe TPAC will be one of the great cultural institutions for performing arts in the country, and in the world.”

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