Saturday, July 07, 2007

Beale Street Landing "satellite view" diagrams and more

To give you a better idea of the scale and location of the Beale Street Landing project, we've prepared these unofficial diagrams overlaid on Google satellite images. Click the "complete article" link to see all of them. Click the link(s) below each picture to enlarge it to 100dpi or 150dpi (in a separate window). Note: That would be 100-150 dpi if printed in landscape on lettersize paper.

Outlined in yellow. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [150 dpi]

Beale Street Landing is outlined in yellow. The planned One Beale towers complex is outlined in blue for comparison.

Filled-in. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [200 dpi]

Here we've painted in the major architectural features of the project. Details, such as the contents of the pods and small elements on the roof have been omitted. Colors are not true. Nevertheless, the diagram is accurate as to size, proportions, and location.

The light green object is the sloping roof of the restaurant. Both ends actually reach the ground. The restaurant itself is outlined in gray. Darker green represents grass and vegetation. White and gray represents concrete terraces and sidewalks. Colored in red is the helical walk to the boat dock.

The parking was originally planned to be underground with entrance and exit ramps from Riverside Drive. Due to issues with water level, it is now going to be a 65-space parking lot on Tom Lee Park (seen at the lower end in the diagram). The entrance and exit ramps have been retained in the plan for other purposes.

Compared to Master Plan. [Enlarge to 100 dpi]

Here we have overlaid an outline (in yellow) of the current Beale Street Landing design onto the 2002 Master Plan. The purple object within the yellow outline represent the Beale Street dock as was contemplated by the Master Plan's designers, and you may be able to discern a puple steamboat docked beside it. The present version, over three blocks long, is about 2 1/2 times as large. Outlined in light blue is the One Beale project.

What's there now. [Enlarge]

Here is the section of Tom Lee Park (plus a portion out of sight to the left) that will be consumed by the Beale Street landing project. This is one of the four large sections of the park that have been used for the Memphis in May concerts (3 stages and a tent). This is the location of the northernmost stage where Jerry Lee Lewis has played.

Architectural plan. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [200 dpi]

The diagrams were based on the above architectural plan, as photographed in the RDC offices.

3-D Model. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [250 dpi]

Our diagrams were also based on the above model, as photographed in the RDC offices. Dark green objects are trees. The restaurant is beneath the long, sloped, light green roof.

The model doesn't show the parking lot (out of view to the right), which was relocated to Tom Lee Park after the model was constructed. The model doesn't show the One Beale project, which replaces the large, low building with the articulated roof directly behind the model.

Restaurant detail.

This is an official artist rendering that shows the restaurant, the roof, and platforms at the south end more clearly.

Artist Renderings

Courtesy of the RDC, we were able to obtain printed copies of the Beale Street Landing renderings that were furnished to City Council for the recent CIP review. We have scanned them in and they are below. There are four of them and they are dated May 11, 2007 Click the link(s) below each picture to enlarge to 100dpi or 200dpi (in a separate window). Note: That would be 100-200 dpi if printed landscape on lettersize paper.

Looking eastward. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [200 dpi]

Looking westward. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [200 dpi]

Looking north. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [200 dpi]

Looking south. [Enlarge to 100 dpi] [200 dpi]

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