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Covered seating in the shade as families eat by the water
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
Metal roofline of the covered seating structure
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
A view from the dock looking back at the Boathouse as people walk by
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
The Boathouse doors open as families to grab kayaks and dip into the water on a summer day
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
The stark metal Boathouse located along the water being used by park patrons as families on bike ride by
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
Families gather along the water next to a metal and wood angular building
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
Metal and wood profile of one of the Shelby Farms Park structures
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
Shelby Farms Park structure opens to the lake beyond
SHELBY FARMS PARK Memphis, Tennessee (2017)

Shelby Farms Park Structures

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Project Information:

Memphis, Tennessee (2016)

Shelby Farms Park, the largest urban park in the country, has implemented a master plan, developed by James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), to revitalize the Park into a unique, 21st century park. An ensemble of buildings and structures is located around the 80 acre Hyde Lake; together, the buildings, lake, and landscape are imaged as the “Heart of the Park.”

Marlon Blackwell Architects developed a unified architectural vision for the buildings, knitting the projects together across the broad park landscape with a shared material palette. Each building connects directly to the surrounding landscape and supports the rich experiences in Shelby Farms Park.

Structural: Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Mechanical/Plumbing: Haltom Engineering
Electrical: Canup Engineering
Civil: Pickering
Landscape: James Corner Field Operations
Lighting: Renfro Design Group, Canup Engineering
Acoustics: Dr. Tahar Messadi
Geotechnical Engineer: Geotechnology
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors

Project Awards:

Awards information coming soon.

Thaden Reels exterior photo of it's angular modern structure at night

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Lamplighter School Innovation Lab exterior photo at night

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Marlon Blackwell Architects Lamplighter Barn

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The restaurant space showing a beautiful mix of materials of concrete masonry units and plywood

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Eleven Servery

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Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center seen at sunset featuring a large overhanging 'front porch' overlooking fresh-cut grass

Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center

Harvey Pediatric Clinic red metal and glass profile shot looking across parking spots

Harvey Pediatric Clinic

Shelby Farms Park seen beyond a field of wildflowers across the lake in the summer heat

Shelby Farms Park Restaurant and Event Center

A view from the dock looking back at the Boathouse as people walk by

Shelby Farms Park Structures

Exterior photograph of a Flyrite location with two people sitting at a table


Steven L. Anderson Design Center Exterior exterior made of Indiana limestone, architectural concrete, and fritted glass

Steven L. Anderson Design Center

The church exterior seen at night, made of a box rib metal panel and red cross that shines from the top of a tower

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The low-slung form of the pavilion, bathed in dappled light, hovering above the forest floor, acts as an apparition in the woods

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Montessori Elementary entrance at night

Montessori Elementary

Keenan Tower House lit up at night as it towers over trees in the forest

Keenan TowerHouse

Exterior shot of the glass window walls and metal structure seen at sundown

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Blessings Golf Clubhouse seen at dusk lit from inside looking over the cut grass

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Montessori Primary

A wooden floors, walls, and ceilings look out through glass at the concrete museum

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The building's exterior lit from inside at dusk during a rainstorm

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Interior airy wooden seating area below second flow overlooks with white ceiling and natural lighting

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A view of the buildings beautiful white exoskeleton and night with lights shining from inside

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The Fulbright Building

The Fulbright Building

Moore HoneyHouse lit from inside at night with glowing jars of honey shining brightly through the glass

Moore HoneyHouse