Design News: Atlanta Downtown Fall 2014

 Design News: Atlanta Downtown Fall 2014

Fall colors in Centennial Olympic Park
Almost Opened Atlanta Streetcar
Fall colors reflected in Centennial Olympic Park fountain
Just opened College Football Hall of Fame
The College Football Hall of Fame is next to CNN Center and the Omni Hotel along Marietta Street.
Interior field at the CFHOF
Great shot of Downtown Atlanta with the National Center of Human & Civil Rights Museum in the foreground, courtesy of Gene Phillips Photography.
Atlanta’s new National Center for Civil & Human Rights
Inside the National Center for Civil & Human Rights

There’s always something new in Downtown Atlanta– especially in 2014.

The National Civil & Human Rights Museum and College Football Hall of Fame are both open– and the new Atlanta Streetcar will be opening soon.  Along with these major landmarks are coming a plethora of new hotels, retail, restaurants, residences, and bicycle lanes.

Having saved the best for last, two proposals that would change the Old 4th Ward and the Turner Field / Summerhill areas — for the better.

Castleberry Park will be a mixed use development hotel, residences, and retail — just across the street from the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

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Post Centennial Park will enliven 4 city blocks from vacant parking lots to a nice mix of residences and retail.
Streetscape at Post Centennial Park

Two luxury apartment / mixed used developments– Post at Centennial Hill and Castleberry Park will provide over 500 apartments a new hotel and retail, located just north and southwest of Downtown at Castleberry lofts Arts District.

Three new hotels will include: Homewood Suites, Hyatt House, and one of the original John Portman office buildings in Peachtree Center will be transformed into an Indigo Hotel. The Georgia World Congress Center ponders an immense luxury hotel addition to its amazing new Atlanta Falcons complex. Simultaneously, historical brick buildings are being transformed into technology hubs.

Chef Marvin Woods, TV host, writer, and chef, is opening a restaurant in the Luckie-Marietta District of Downtown. Asante Restaurant and Lounge began serving just a few weeks ago offering Woods’ “coastal soul” cuisine.

From Eater Atlanta, “I am delighted to bring my style of cooking to Atlanta, which is the best city to appreciate this blend of flavors and genres of cuisine,” Woods said in a prepared statement. “And I think this is exactly the kind of restaurant that Downtown needs-something that is fresh and creative in flavor, yet sophisticated and festive enough to be a destination for both Atlanta locals and its many tourists.”

Chef Marvin Woods, Assante
Amuse slider at Assante
The Glenn boutique Hotel restaurant and lounge
Legal Sea Foods in the Luckie-Marietta District


230 Peachtree St Building being transformed into a luxury Indigo Hotel, directly over Peachtree Center subway station.

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Glamorous stairway of the Hotel Indigo lobby
Hotel tower at Georgia World Congress Center
Hotel tower at Georgia World Congress Center would front Olympic Plaza between the new Falcons Stadium and Phillips Center performing arts and Atlanta Hawks home.
Hotel tower at Georgia World Congress Center with Falcon Stadium in foreground and Atlanta Skyline behind.
Atlanta Falcons Stadium is well under construction, to open in 2017
New Hyatt House under construction near the Georgia Aquarium
Ironyard at M Rich Bldg
Ironyard tech center at the M Rich Building
This historic building was one of the original Rich’s Department Stores (1867) and now will become a tech startup center.
The 1906 M. Rich Building photographed in 1942, while Grant’s Dept Store


Celebrity Chef Ford Fry's Rocket Farm at the old Southeastern Meat Company!
Celebrity Chef Ford Fry’s Rocket Farm at the old Southeastern Meat Company!


Aloft Atlanta Downtown Pool Table in remix by Aloft Lounge
Switchyards Tech design foundry

On Auburn Avenue, retail is opening, new residential is planned, retail and restaurants opening, and streetscapes are being improved.

This is the prime recipient of the Atlanta streetcar. Nearby, a 1960’s apparel corporate office is planned to be transformed into a boutique hotel, and another office building is becoming residential.

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Beautiful street kiosk
New apartment building on Auburn Avenue with excellent pedestrian scale.
Edgewood Student Housing Retail Grand Dame Big Bethel Church plans new apartments, student housing, new & restored retail buildings and streetscape upgrades.
Restaurant on the Atlanta Streetcar
Living Walls art project
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Restaurant in Sweet Auburn (courtesy of Atlanta Urbanist)
Proposed new Walgreens in the historic Olympia Building which stands the Coca-Cola sign
The 200 foot tall SkyView Ferris Wheel is along the Atlanta Streetcar route
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Office building slated to become residential lofts
Transforming a 1960’s apparel corporate office into the Deuce boutique Hotel on Piedmont.
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The Deuce boutique hotel
A non-profit, built in an old firehouse, “the intent of The Giving Kitchen is to be the beyond-expectation resource at times of unanticipated crisis for anyone employed in the Atlanta restaurant community”.

Along with these important changes, Georgia State University is continuing its massive building program in Downtown Atlanta.

The GSU Law Building is well underway, and new University Residences are completed. Just announced, GSU is creating a new interdisciplinary creative media institute to bolster Georgia’s growing movie and communications industry, overlooking Woodruff Park.

Just announced: new Creative Media Institute to be constructed with a $22M gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.
Inside One 12 Courtland, student residential
ONE12 Courtland
Outside One 12 Courtland, student residential
GSU’s new College of Law & Humanities building is under construction.
Turner Field, today
Georgia State University’s plan for Turner Field and the surrounding areas after the Brave move to suburban Cobb County.
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GSU is planning to demolish an old parking garage to build a campus green.
Nearby, Grady Hospital is building a new mega Emergency facility.

Finally, on the north side of Downtown, hot Old 4th Ward or O4W as its locally known, continues its complete transformation. The Atlanta Civic Center, where the Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet have performed for many years is slated for removal. One of the proposals, for a mega entertainment/ movie studio complex is shown below. The movie industry has exploded in Atlanta with studio complexes sprouting like mushrooms after a Georgia rain.

The old Atlanta Civic Center is slated for demolition. This proposal would bring additional Movie Studios and production facilities as well as an entertainment district to the Old Forth Ward.
Two Peachtree Street Bridges are getting new sculptural archways, colorful lighting and green areas to announce their gateways to Atlanta
Fall has arrived at the Georgian Terrace Hotel further up Peachtree, in MIdtown.
Fall has arrived at the Georgian Terrace Hotel further up Peachtree, in Midtown.

 Thanks for reading!

Downtown Atlanta view from the 11th floor of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center


One thought on “Design News: Atlanta Downtown Fall 2014

  1. Great update, some projects here I hadn’t heard about yet. Had just posted a shot of streetcat on Auburn Ave. pondering why the short stretch just to the connector couldn’t be partially mkrt as a mid-rise tech hub. Nice to see Big Bethel’s planned project. Btw, just got a flyer from midtown neighborhood asso. upcoming meetup going for a historic designation.. most folks thing they are already, but this seems directed at slowing down some of the modern/contemporary infills or hater-aide.

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