The tour series is 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.
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November 12: 675 N. Highland
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
September 2016: 3350 Peachtree
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
Photos: © Darris Lee Harris Photography
April 2016: Commons at Imperial Hotel
Built in 1910, the newly renovated Imperial Hotel is now LEED Gold-certified following updates to its iconic, eight-story structure. Additionally, the Imperial Hotel has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
Photos: © Rion Rizzo / Creative Sources Photography
June 2016: Don and Mary Ellen Harp Student Center
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.
Firm: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Photos: © Rion Rizzo / Creative Sources Photography