Location
  • Memphis, TN
Client
  • Crosstown Arts
Completion
2017
Size
  • 139,355 sq m
  • 1,500,000 sq ft
Sustainability
  • LEED® Platinum certified
Collaborators
  • All World Project Management
  • Bologna Consultants
  • Community Capital
  • Doug Carpenter & Associates
  • Grinder, Taber & Grinder
  • Looney Ricks Kiss
  • Universal Commercial Real Estate
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Planning & Urban Design
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Sears built a massive distribution centre in Memphis in 1927, providing jobs and a thriving industry to the community. Over time, shifting demographics and population depletion in Memphis' urban core led to its closure. Architects, planners and urban designers transformed the space into a vertical village, bringing new life, light and vibrancy to the 10-storey building. Crosstown Concourse opened in 2017, and is now home to a high school; a YMCA fitness center; a theater; a free art gallery; a radio station; and the nation’s largest private dental clinic. There are also nearly 300 apartment units in the building for participants in arts programs. Today, Crosstown Concourse welcomes 2,500 visitors per day.
The building is the emblem. But there is something greater than the emblem itself. It's the members, it's the love, it's the respect Memphians hold for the character of our city.
Mayer A .C Wharton Jr. - Memphis, TN
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It All Started With A Sketch

Cross-community collisions were a deliberate idea from the get-go to create an urban magnet of economical mixed-use and exhibition spaces that elevated human relationships.
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Point of Interest 01

Derelict to Dashing

Crosstown was left in a state of ruin. Abandoned and in need of love, its transformation is nothing short of a marvel.

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Point of Interest 02

Memories of Crosstown's heyday saddened the community. The revival has reignited the spirit of the neighbourhood.

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Point of Interest 03

Crosstown's success is an example for the many iconic, yet empty, structures peppered throughout America. It reminds that a new life is possible.

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Special Feature

Nostalgic Movement Stairs featured throughout the design pay homage to the conveyer belts of the distribution centre's past.
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Special Feature01

Each one standing in memory of a function of the building's economic past...
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... a gesture that moves people as the conveyers once moved parcels for distribution.

Awards

2019 Award for Architecture, AIA

2018 Honor Award of Excellence, AIA Memphis

2018 Grand Prize, Congress of New Urbanism

2017 Community Impact Award, Thomas W Briggs Foundation

2015 Community Impact Awards, Memphis Area Association of Realtors

2013 Innovation Awards, Memphis Business Quarterly

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