Georgia Globe Atlanta Design Awards 2015

The Georgia Globe Design News presents…


2nd Annual Georgia Globe Atlanta Design Awards

2015 has been another record-shattering year for design, development, and construction in metropolitan Atlanta. With its population expected to exceed 8 million by 2040 (in just 24 years), the city is building needed much-needed transit and housing.

The following projects were selected for their excellence in design, civic importance, and/or exhibition of the aspirational Atlanta Spirit.

The categories are:

Top New Project Announcement Award

Top Historic Reuse Project

Top Project Under Construction

Top Transportation Project

Top Project Most Likely to Remain Unbuilt

Demolition of the Year

Top Retail Project

Top Restaurant Design

Icon for Generations Award

and, finally… the 2015

Georgia Globe Design News Atlanta Project of the Year



Top New Project Announcement Award

Last year’s winner of the Top Project Announcement 2014 was Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park and it’s mixed-use village, The Battery.,

For the sheer audacity of taking the Braves out to Cobb County though still in Metro Atlanta, and its excellent design, after all.


This year, the nominees for Top New Project Announcement


  • Hard Rock Hotel at Castleberry Hill  near the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Downtown Atlanta

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  • JPX Works’ Residential Tower at 3rd & Peachtree, Midtown at the Fox Theatre Historic District


  • NCR World Headquarters Tower (a top 50 tech software co) at Technology Square, Spring St, Midtown


  • Peachtree at 7th, mixed-use residential, office & retail, Peachtree St to Juniper St, Midtown



  • JPX Works’ Residential Tower at 2520 Peachtree Rd, Buckhead

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  • Convention Hotel Tower at the Georgia World Congress Center, Downtown Atlanta

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  • ASSEMBLY mini-city with 3rd Rail Movie Studios, at GM Plant Brownfields. Doraville, GA (metro Atlanta)

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  • Central Buckhead Park capping GA 400 highway, Buckhead


And the Top New Project Announcement 2015 winner is

  • JPX Works’ Residential Tower at 2520 Peachtree, Buckhead for its excellence in design.
The proposed 22 story tower is a designer dream, with only 3 units per floor, lavish sky gardens, and F.L.Wright-inspired cantilevered floors.  The architect is Christian Bailey of ODA New York


Top Historic Reuse Project Award

Last year’s  Historic Reuse Project 2014 winner was the less-than-finished Ponce City Market, Old 4th Ward


2015 Nominees for Historic Reuse are:

  • Krog Street Market,  foodie market, shops, restaurants and food hall, Inman Park


  • Miller-Union Stockyards redevelopment for retail/restaurants, West Side


  • Microsoft Innovation Center at the Flatiron Building, Downtown

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  • Relocation and restoration of the 50′ high by 400′ wide Cyclorama painting by the Atlanta History Center, Buckhead


  • Armour Yards redevelopment, South Buckhead


  • Atlanta Dairies mixed-use , Memorial Drive, Reynoldstown


And the Top Historic Reuse Project 2015 winner is:

The Microsoft Innovation Center:

An historic renovation/reuse of Atlanta’s oldest skyscraper, the Flatiron Building. Incidentally, it was built 5 years prior to New Yorks’ architecturally superior Flatiron Building by a colleague of Daniel Burnham. It was not unusual that Atlanta was used as a laboratory for Chicago and New York architectural design innovations. The building includes the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, designed to promote top female tech entrepreneurs. Located on Woodruff Park, Fairlie-Poplar District, Downtown Atlanta.

Microsoft Innovation Center with Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative
Newest Tech hub in Atlanta’s oldest skyscraper (1897)



Top Atlanta Project Under Construction

Last year’s  Top Atlanta Project Under Construction Award went to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Downtown


The 2015 Top Project Under Construction Nominees are:

  • Modera Residential Tower mixed use, 29 stories, 350 apartments, 12,300 sf retail,  Midtown


  • City Springs, new master planned town center for Sandy Springs, GA

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  • Amli Residences at Arts Center, 30 stories, 351 apartments, 3,400 sf retail, Midtown

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  • Hanover Buckhead Residences, 21 stories, 351 Apartments, retail at Loudermilk Park, Buckhead


  • Atlantic House, 32-stories, 407 apartments, 11,500 sf retail, 14th St & West Peachtree, Midtown

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And the Top Atlanta Project Under Construction 2015 winner is:

City Springs, master planned new city center for Sandy Springs, GA. Including a City Hall, apartments, commercial space, and concert and theater halls.

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Top Transportation Project 

Last year, the Atlanta Streetcar won.


This year, the nominees are:

  • The  $1B  285/400 Interchange Reconstruction


  • Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail


  • Bicycle transportation planning and construction


  • MARTA management


And the Top Atlanta Transportation Project 2015 winner is: MARTA

“if MARTA is healthy and growing, the whole of regional Atlanta benefits” –Wayne Anderson

CEO Keith Parker has taken Atlanta’s MARTA Transit system, the 8th largest system in the US, from near bankruptcy to solvency with a $200M surplus and high credit rating.

They have achieved the highest customer service satisfaction rate in 20 years, will have Wi-Fi on more buses in 2016, automated clean safe restrooms, fresh food at train stops and an entire “MARTA Army” devoted to improvements — all in 3 years.

MARTA has an $8B plan to build heavy rail 12 miles north to Roswell and Alpharetta, a light rail line 7 miles east through Emory Univ, the CDC, and to Dekalb Medical Center. Also planned are 50 miles of light rail/streetcar around the Atlanta Beltline and crisscrossing central Atlanta. Bus Rapid Transit along I-20 East and a potential commuter rail south to Clayton County.

Citizens of most areas seem to be realizing that you cannot beat traffic by continuous road building; transit is a necessity.

Business people and corporations are devoted to building on transit lines… including new headquarters for Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, State Farm Insurance, NCR, and Pulte Homes.

Keith Parker can, if Regional Atlanta citizens support him, and will, free Atlantans from the congested roads and highways.

Top Project Most Likely to Remain Un-built Award

Last year, the unfortunate winner was the Atlanta Multi-Modal Transportation Center. With all of MARTA’s plans, the BeltLine, commuter rail to neighboring cities, and high-speed rail to Charlotte/New York, Savannah/Miami, and many others– it still offers huge potential, but financing is not likely– YET.


The Nominees for Most Likely to Remain Unbuilt 2015 are:

  • Architectonica’s 98 14th St residential, retail, hotel mixed-use development across from the Four Seasons Atlanta. The tallest tower will be 720 feet, the sixth tallest in Atlanta.  (Prove me wrong, please… build the trio as hotel & condos)


  • MGM Luxury Hotel Tower & Casino, Downtown


And the Top Project Most Likely to Remain Un-built 2015 winner is:

the MGM Luxury Hotel Tower & Casino,

due to the fact that Georgia Voters are unlikely to legalize casino gambling.  But, maybe?

“I am all for a new ultra luxury hotel downtown with top-notch restaurants, live Las-Vegas-style performance shows, and increasing Atlanta’s and Georgia’s burgeoning tourism industry.” –Wayne Anderson

Demolition of the Year Award

This is the first year for this highly frustrating award.

And, it is a tie. The winners are:

  • Glenridge Hall, Sandy Springs, (razed 2015)


  • Hulse House. Iconic post-modern residence by highly acclaimed Atlanta architect Anthony Ames (Ga Tech/Harvard), Ansley Park, (razed 2015)


 (the losers are all of us and future generations)


Top Retail Project of the Year Award

This is the first year for this award.

2015 Winner

  • Restoration Hardware, The Gallery at the Estate in Buckhead



Top Restaurant Design of the Year Award

This is the first year for this award.

2015 Winner is Tom Ford’s Bar Margot at the Four Seasons Hotel, Midtown Atlanta

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Photo: Jonathan Phillips The newly revamped Bar Margot inside the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta off of 14th St. on Monday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips
The newly revamped Bar Margot inside the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta off of 14th St.


Icon for Generations Award

Goes to Richard Meier’s HIGH Museum of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center, Midtown




Top Atlanta Project of the Year

In 2014, the Georgia Globe winner was: Buckhead Atlanta restaurant, retail, residences and offices– totally remaking Buckhead Village into a Beverly Hills-like place.



For this year, the nominees for PROJECT OF THE YEAR are:



  • PORSCHE North America’s brilliant headquarters, museum, race track, and gourmet dining at the Atlanta Aerotropolis, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
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Porsche North America Headquarters, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum



  • Ponce City Market



And finally… the highest Georgia Globe Atlanta Design Award 2015

Project of the Year


It was the largest brick building in the southeast built for SEARS in 1926. Also, it was the largest historic reuse project in Georgia with over 1 million square feet. Now, Travel & Leisure called it the top new Food Hall in the World! With too many James Beard Awarded Chefs to name here, the food is likely even better than the cool industrial vibe. You can shop, eat, live, work, and be entertained in this one massive complex… and it’s on the Atlanta BeltLine.

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2 thoughts on “Georgia Globe Atlanta Design Awards 2015

  1. Can we add an honorary 2014 Demolition project of the year award to the Executive Park Motor Hotel. I miss looking at it on my work to home commute everyday. It was nice to have something to stare at while sitting in traffic on North Druid Hills Road southbound. It just warps you back in time just by looking at it. At least the new CHOA tower will fill in the spot at half the height.

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  2. The destruction of Gleridge Hall was criminal. The city of Sandy Springs could have had it for a song and just left it. Allowing parts to be a boutique hotel, restaurant, local horse stables, hiking trails and just green. It is a sin. I worked at the McDonalds in Sandy Springs after school in the seventies – I watch them put the sign up, that said “1 Million Sold”. Bowled on a league at Sandy Springs lanes – when it was a neighborhood. Spent afternoons at Ida Williams – when it was a neighborhood. Later I discovered alcohol, pool and chicks in Buckhead at Hedgins, The Q Room, etc. when it was a neighborhood. This “gentrification” is actually crass and ugly American materialism fueled by consumer addiction. It is compelling an aloneness that there is no cure for. It too will deteriorate- unable to rent, maintain, taken over by teens running in packs – born of a generation similar to “A Clockwork Orange”. You will be as prey.


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