AIA Atlanta is proud to sponsor the annual AIA Atlanta Tour Series, an exhibition of significant architectural works designed to increase public awareness of noteworthy projects throughout Metro-Atlanta. In addition, the Tour Series strives to better inform the general public about the process of design and the important role of architects and how their work betters the community.

AIA Atlanta Tours Committee

AIA Atlanta’s tours are pretty popular, averaging roughly 100 individuals per tour. We are always looking for volunteers to act as docents to our attendees. Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with Tour Series coordinator on at least three tour dates
  • Assisting in the setup/breakdown of tour
  • Ensuring visitors have an enjoyable and rewarding tour experience
  • Working closely with other committee chairs on assignments as needed

For more information on volunteering, joining the tour committee or for general inquiries, please contact us here.

June 11: Don and Mary Ellen Harp Student Center

Address
3209 Mathieson Drive
Atlanta, GA 30305

Building Owner
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

Project Description
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church recognized the need to expand its campus to accommodate its booming youth and teen ministry. The 51,873-SF Student Center performs as a multifunctional “home” adjacent to PRUMC’s main campus. It balances a sense of community with a level of independence and belonging. A versatile gymnasium acts as a hub for contemporary worship and can be transformed to cater to banquets and films.

At the building’s core is an active lounge that permeates through the upper and lower levels, offering connectivity and an opportunity to divide the space in a unique manner. 3D structural walls frame the core. The spaces that surround them offer a variety of small and large breakout spaces. The high energy within the center delineates into private and focused areas once one moves towards the outer edges.

The furniture brings the space to life and uses texture, color and clean, sophisticated lines to enhance the experience. The furnishings work in unison with the interior architecture and balance the vitality of youth with sophisticated growth as textured plywood, interactive pieces such as a chalkboard lining the entry hallway and a balanced palette of bright accent colors with natural materials move through the spaces.

The design team worked in unison with the client and youth ministry to identify the goals of the space. The budget was balanced to satisfy these needs, resulting in a space that is completely reflective of the youth personalities that inhabit the space. The gymnasium contains a mid-sized basketball court, a stage and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system for an enhanced worship experience.

The Student Center’s entry includes a textured plywood front desk and a refined chalkboard that covers the majority of the entry hallway. The number of meeting rooms contains a wide variety of seating to accommodate all types of encounters, and hallways are lined with breakout spaces that encourage serendipitous interaction. The two seminar rooms are set up in a stadium format, each level lined with colorful, oversized beanbags.

The lounge area has technology stations lined with reclaimed wood with a pool table and large screen and sound system to project movies and play music. Private benches lay below the staircases and various nooks are situated in the corners of the “living rooms.” The lower level lounge has a fully functional kitchen with a long “dining room” table to bring the family that is the youth ministry together.

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Firm Name
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.

Website
www.collinscoopercarusi.com

August 13: 3350 Peachtree

Address
3350 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326

Building Owner
Parkway Properties

Description
ASD|SKY recently completed the comprehensive repositioning of One Capital City to 3350 Peachtree for Parkway Properties.  The scope included reconfiguring the main lobby, the building entry sequence, and elevating the street presence from both the Peachtree Road pedestrian entrance to the vehicular drop off area.

With a very tight budget, ASD|SKY took a dated lobby with monumental stair and mezzanine and transformed it into a modern, clean, straightforward space.  This was accomplished by removing the stair and adding square footage back into the GLA on the first and second floor, the inclusion of an accent wall and ceiling element consisting of CNC-cut Corian to provide the backdrop in the two story lobby space, replaced the existing travertine floor with a cost effective porcelain tile, and adding in modern yet comfortable seating arrangements.  In addition, the design team redesigned the elevator lobby and cabs, new building signage and wayfinding, and exterior landscape and hardscape.  Throughout the process, ASD|SKY retained as much of the existing structure and finishes as possible including the travertine columns, glazing system, and improved the exterior entry through the installation of a new exterior canopy and by painting the existing concrete.

ASD|SKY is also working to further activate Peachtree Road through the addition of South City Kitchen, which will take over the double height space along the front of the building for Fifth Group’s latest location of this concept.

 

Firm
ASD|SKY
www.asdsky.com

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September 10: 675 N. Highland

Address
675 N. Highland
Atlanta, GA 30306

Building Owner
Abraham Properties

Description

  • 125 residential units
  • 12,500 of retail space
  • 7,500 of office space
  • 350+ space parking deck

675 N Highland is a mixed-use project catering to the Poncey-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta. Its design is highly driven by its context both in form and in function.

The site is a true urban infill in that it is surrounded on three sides by lively, neighborhood scale streets.  Each street offers a unique experience. North Highland is the main thoroughfare with bustling small-scale retail, while Blue Ridge holds mostly 3-story apartment buildings.  Seminole is the most varied being a cross street with smaller commercial buildings to the north and single family homes to the south.  The site’s challenge was hosting all 3 of these programmatic elements in one place, as well as, the parking to accommodate them.  After several rounds of design, weighing the pros and cons of program placement on the site, the design settled on a logic that reinforces the friendlier, human scale of the neighborhood.  N Highland acts as the primary retail front with 2 retail anchor spaces at each end of the block.  Blue Ridge will hold the primary residential pedestrian entry, as well as, provide much-needed office space for small businesses like insurance firms or light medical facilities.  Seminole provides garage access and is primed for 675 N Highland, Phase II.  A new access drive to the north holds residential townhome units and provide an alternate entry into the parking deck beyond.  The program placement creates a natural progression through the site while meeting the unique needs of both the public and private elements.

Architectural inspiration stemmed from two primary sources: the adjacent Druid Hills Baptist Church and the project owner’s love of Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style architecture.   Designed by Atlanta architect Edward Dougherty in the early 1920s, the church is Beaux-Arts masterpiece and acts as a visual anchor along Atlanta’s famous Ponce de Leon Avenue.  Several features of 675 Highland, such as the rich brick color and patterning, pay homage to the unique details of the adjacent church.  The concept of visually elongating the building down North Highland was a useful tool in blending this larger building into the smaller Poncey-Highland framework.   The deep eave along building perimeter, the horizontal break at the concrete podium, and Norman sized brick all aid in pulling the eye from left to right along North Highland Avenue. Exterior fiber cement lap and textured siding reinforce the horizontality and are finished in rich, muted colors.

Although no specific accreditation was sought, an established standard of sustainable practices runs throughout the project.  1 member of the ownership team is a certified HERS rater and routinely observes the site for best energy-saving practices. Smaller moves like exceptional weather-proofing and the use of LED lighting (both interior and exterior) work to save energy and lower operational costs.   Photocells connected to the parking deck will adjust power to varying daylight levels.  A large portion of the building materials were also locally or regionally sourced.

Firm
Lord Aeck Sargent
LordAeckSargent.com

The AIA Atlanta Tour Series invites architecture professionals, students and the general public to tour new design projects up close, offering a unique way to understand the design and architecture process. The tours also allow professionals to learn about design strategies and building technologies from their colleagues.

To help make our tours successful, we offer a number of sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsor levels for the AIA Tours Committee:

  • Elite sponsor
  • Series sponsor
  • Primary sponsor
  • Supporting sponsor

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact the committee.