The Nashville Food Project, a non-profit focused on cultivating community and alleviating hunger in the city, had outgrown its space. Gresham Smith cooked up a solution that would reflect the growing organization’s strong brand identity and commitment to being an integral and welcoming part of the community.


The Nashville Food Project


Nashville, TN


square feet


meals per week prepared in the HQ kitchen


volunteers each week in the kitchen

Context is Key: Community and Identity

Context is Key: Community and Identity

The new headquarters’ site is in a historically low-income community, which allows the organization to figuratively and literally open its doors directly to the people it serves. Our solution had to simultaneously represent the neighborhood and integrate into it, while creating a wholly new space that would help establish a new trajectory for the community.
An Integral, Inclusive Space

An Integral, Inclusive Space

The design team repurposed the icon of a traditional house form to create the effect of a familiar presence and then abstracted it. With glass voids and layers of transparency the space welcomes people inside. The exterior is composed of white standing seam metal panels—a typically utilitarian material, which when applied so uniformly elevates the character of the material to create a more vibrant sensory experience.
Keeping the Mission Central

Keeping the Mission Central

The Nashville Food Project shares fresh produce and thousands of high-quality, made-from-scratch meals per week from its food trucks to those partners serving clients in need throughout the city. Working for a nonprofit, where economy of means is the creed, kept us focused on maximizing effect with available resources and keeping the heart of the organization on display. The building is anchored in the front corner with a community dining space – a new program element for The Nashville Food Project – which represents how it wishes to interact with the community. Here they’ll host community dinners, cooking classes and more. Our team also focused on cost effective materials to make the most of available resources.


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