Modern Architecture in Nashville


When you think of cutting-edge architecture, Nashville may not be the first city that comes to mind. Designers like Ryan Thewes, however, are making a name for themselves and giving Nashville a splash of unique homes (and getting some well-deserved praise here, here, here and this last one is a digital magazine, but you can flip to page 38 to see an award Thewes pulled in).

Thewes, who specializes in organic architecture, designed this addition for his home in the Sylvan Park neighborhood and described the zig-zag roof as an outgrowth of his interior design goals.

“The forms were derived from the roof line,” Thewes explained. “The whole design was from the inside out.”

Essentially, Thewes built on top of a sun room he described as “useless space,” adding a bathroom/closet above it and a work space/studio above that. Thewes used the form and windows to achieve a balance between privacy and light for his work space.


Originally from southwestern Indiana, Thewes studied under apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright (read Thewes’ bio) and chose Nashville for the opportunity to stand out with his unique, organic, Wright-inspired style.

Check out Thewes’ house, and stay tuned for an additional design a few miles east called the Bow House due to break ground in the upcoming months:

(Photos courtesy of Ryan Thewes)


  1. Southern Living Magazine – Ryan Thewes Architect Nashville, Tennessee

    […] is a link to an article featured on the Southern Living website about Modern Architecture in Nashville and profiling my […]

    August 13, 2014 at 9:35 am
  2. landscape designers phoenix

    Nashville is probably the last city that would come to my mind. Well, after any place in Canada, anyway. šŸ˜› Still, that first place looks incredibly amazing!

    January 25, 2011 at 2:10 am
  3. James

    There are some beautiful architecture but the problem I see is not design but materials used. I just don’t see the point in using cheap materials for a beautiful design. It’s like painting a masterpiece on cardboard. If you’re going to design something beautiful then use materials that will last the longest. I visited a home built in 1781 and it is solid brick. The brick still look like they were just made and the home is beautiful still after 230 years. If it had been wood, it would not still be around today. However, there is a new company called, Tru-Brix, and they convert wood sided houses into real brick homes. So anyone who has vinyl or wood siding might want to check them out. I believe they even give a 50-year warranty too.

    November 18, 2009 at 8:26 am

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