Eye Centers of Tennessee

Designed for a successful ophthalmologist and his staff, Eye Centers of Tennessee brings an ophthalmic clinic and advanced surgical center together under one roof. The primary goal of the project was to increase patient volume and staff efficiency without compromising patient care.

Located on the site of a former farm, the 5-acre location still offers beautiful forested views despite being surrounded by a busy commercial/residential area. The building plan is organized around this view, with the entire east wall of the building composed of glass. The side opposite the glass wall is home to clinic functions such as testing, patient education, and two exam pods, while the window-wall side of the hallway houses the reception area and dilation spaces. A large optical dispensary is situated in the very center of the building,
inviting patients and their families to browse and interact with the staff during their visit.

A gabled roof runs the length of the structure’s exterior, rising above a large brick mass intersected by green rectangular elements that cantilever into the woods and symbolize the vegetation of the site. Interior details continue this theme of harmonizing natural and structural components. The abundance of glass gives a feeling of being outdoors, while the gabled form created by exposed wood trusses echoes the forested view and recalls
the architecture of the barn that was once on the property. Finishes of earthy greens and natural wood tones create a soft palette that reflects the landscape, while stainless steel accents, frosted glazing, and gable-strung lighting add contrast, visual excitement, and a fresh contemporary feel to the environment.