360 Architecture Tops New Atlanta Stadium with Retractable “Roof Petals”

Courtesy of New Stadium

A fly-through over the new Atlanta Falcons’ stadium has been released, revealing an unprecedented retractable roof designed by 360 Architecture (recently acquired by ). According to the stadium’s official website, the Pantheon-inspired stadium’s “eight unique roof petals” can rotate open in less than eight minutes, much like a “camera lens.” It will also be clad in a translucent ETFE fabric that, when closed, will allow natural light to pass into its interior.

The video, after the break.

2014: A Great Year for Landscape Architecture

East 70th Street Garden at The Frick Collection designed by Russell Page. Image © 2014 Navid Baraty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

By all accounts 2014 has been a great year for , and not just because of the completion of the final phase of the High Line by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations. Previously published by the Huffington Post as “2014′s Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture,” this roundup of the year by the President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation Charles A Birnbaum finds plenty of promising developments, marred only slightly by some more backward-looking descisions.

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

This year the single most notable development came courtesy of the  Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman who wrote: “Great public places and works of landscape architecture deserve to be treated like great buildings.”

Landscape architecture and architecture on equal footing. Let that sink in.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell

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Exhibit Designer: David Rockwell
Location: Pemberton Place, 121 Baker Street Northwest, , GA 30313,
Area: 53000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albert Vecerka / ESTO

The Atlanta BeltLine: From Student Thesis to Community Mobilizer

A parade passes through the Eastside Trail of the , completed in October 2012. Image © Christopher T. Martin

An abandoned twenty-two mile stretch of derelict railroad and industrial sites used to be a thorn in the Atlanta community’s side. But with one student’s thesis proposal to redevelop these areas into a sustainable network connecting 45 mixed-use neighborhoods, public concern has since turned into excitement. To learn more about the ambitious project, head over to The Atlantic Cities here.

Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine

New York City’s High Line. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced has produced a new report examining urban health in eight of the USA’s largest , which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas – a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 – the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental health in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our .

‘Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation’ Exhibition

Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Taking place now until June 30 at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the ‘Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation’ exhibition pays tribute to Saarinen’s brief yet brilliant career, in which he designed numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings, including recognizable icons like the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at ’s JFK Airport, and Dulles Airport in Washington DC. Also breaking new ground by shedding light on a little known chapter of Saarinen’s secret professional life during World War II, the exhibit highlights the architect’s work and a study of the design principles he followed. For more information, please visit here.

2013 Douglas C. Allen Lecture: Adriaan Geuze

Miami Beach Soundscape / Courtesy of

This year’s Douglas C. Allen Lecture, presented by the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, features Adriaan Geuze, one of the founders of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. Founded in 1987, West 8 is an award-winning international office which has established itself as a leading practice within the last 20 years with about 70 architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and industrial engineersThe event takes place Wednesday, March 6th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium. For more details about the event, please visit here

Adamsville Regional Health Center / Stanley Beaman & Sears

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Architects: Stanley Beaman & Sears
Location: , , United States
Area: 34,000 sq ft
Photographs: Jonathan Hillyer

‘SEAT’ Public Pavilion / E/B Office


Composed of approximately 400 simple wooden chairs arrayed and stacked in a sine wave surface, the ‘SEAT’ public pavilion, by E/B Office, is a recently completed winning entry for this year’s Flux Project in Freedom Park. Located in Atlanta, the chairs are drawn into an agitated vortex rising from the ground. Sitting is perhaps the most common condition from which we experience architecture. Whether we work, relax, watch, eat, sleep, or talk to each other, sitting is at the core of our relationship to buildings.  Therefore, this project formalizes the transformation of chairs from detached useable objects into structural and spatial components of an ambiguously occupiable edifice. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Exemplar of Sustainable Architecture: 1315 Peachtree / Perkins+Will

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Understanding that environmental responsibility is an integral part of design excellence, Perkins + Will’s new Atlantic office, known as 1315 Peachtree, serves as an example on how current technologies can be used to achieve Platinum Certification, meet the 2030 Challenge and help reduce toxic materials from our building products.

1315 Peachtree is an adaptive reuse of a 1985 office structure transformed into a high performance civic-focused building. Located in the heart of Midtown across from the High Museum of Art, the new building continues to house the Peachtree Branch of the -Fulton County Public Library and introduces a new street-level tenant space occupied by the Museum of Design (MODA). The Perkins+Will office occupies the top four floors with office space for up to 240 employees. Continue reading for more information on the highest LEED score building in the Northern Hemisphere.

Atlanta History Center Proposal / Stanley Beaman & Sears

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The story of the phoenix is a well-worn metaphor for the history of . Reborn from its own ashes, the mythological bird symbolizes reinvention, difficulties and breakthroughs, a resurgent spirit and a shining unwritten future full of hope. Likewise, the newly designed History Center by Stanley Beaman & Sears, which came in second in the international competition, must be reconceived to capture and reflect the uplifting energy coursing through the city. The diversity and spirit of Atlanta can no longer be reflected by a series of linear, static, black box galleries and dusty displays. In short, the time for the Atlanta History Center is not the past – the time is right now. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Porsche’s New U.S. Headquarters and Customer Experience Center / HOK


HOK has been selected to design Porsche Cars North America’s new headquarters in , following an intense design competition. This innovative development includes a contemporary workplace, a Technical Service and Training Center, and a Customer and Driver Experience Center with an integrated road handling track. The dynamic design embraces the on-site road handling track, celebrating the Porsche driving experience at every turn. More images and project description after the break.

Urban Farm Design Competition

Courtesy of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Wal-Mart representatives and officials from the Office of Sustainability and Sustainable announced today a competition to design an urban farm on a vacant lot across from City Hall. The Trinity Avenue Urban Farm Design Competition was launched to support the city’s effort in establishing an effective and inspirational model for urban agriculture and furthering the city’s pursuit of becoming a Top 10 sustainable city. In addition, as part of Wal-Mart’s initial funding, there is a $25,000 award to the winning submission.

The contest is open to students, educators and professionals across Georgia in fields related to urban agriculture and . Interested competitors must register online here by October 15 and submit proposals by November 1. Once the winning design is chosen, the preparation of the land and design installation will begin immediately, with the farm scheduled to open to the public by the spring of 2012. More information the competition after the break.

Edge Condition Pavilion / Synecdoche

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Architects: Synecdoche / Lisa Sauve, Adam Smith
Location: , Georgia, USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Synecdoche

Atlanta History Center Design Competition

The Atlanta History Museum is less than two decades old. But, in that short time span, the city around it and, indeed, the world around it has transformed.

Now, the time has come for the History Museum to make its own leap forward. The History Center is seeking architects and architectural team to help transform its museum.

This is your chance to reshape history. For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.

One Midtown Plaza / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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Prior to renovation, the lobby of One Midtown Plaza was a dark, cavernous space lacking presence on Peachtree Street. A product of the 1980s, when dark red granite was extremely fashionable in the United States, the lobby brooded in its own shadow, receding from the street. The west entrance of the lobby was awkwardly connected to the parking deck and lacked connection with Two Midtown Plaza, the second building in the complex. The renovated lobby of One Midtown Plaza presents a new personality to Peachtree Street that is generous, open and inviting. The sparkling white interior is a complete reversal of the somber character of the original lobby space. C78, the grand chandelier, fairly dances through the space, eager to be on its way. Daylight accentuates every surface.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: , Georgia, USA
Project Team: Mack Scogin (principal-in-charge), Merrill Elam (collaborating principal), Barnum Tiller (project manager), Matthew Leach, Mack Cole-Edelsack, Margaret Fletcher, Jeremy Magner, Barrett Feldman, Justin Miller, Helen Han
Structural Consultant: Sedki & Russ Engineers, Uzun & Case Engineers
Lighting Consultant: Gabler-Youngston
General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
Glass Blowing: Janke Studios
Chandelier Fabricator: Knight Sign Industries
Project Area: 5,477 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Two Alliance / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects


This 6,000 sqf lobby is located at Alliance Center, a speculative office complex in central Buckhead, just north of downtown . The lobby serves Two Alliance, a new office tower already under construction when the design of the lobby was proposed as a means to create a dynamic entrance experience. The plaza space between the One Alliance and Two Alliance towers pours into the generously scaled lobby space by way of a crystalline glass entrance pavilion. The glass pavilion opens onto an elegant light-filled lobby of rich, exotic wood, glistening white terrazzo, an energetic sculpted ceiling and finely crafted detail.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Project Team: Mack Scogin (principal-in-charge), Merrill Elam (collaborating principal), Barrett Feldman (project manager), Matthew Leach, Barnum Tiller, Misty Boykin, Helen Han
Lighting Consultant: Gabler-Youngston
General Contractor: The Beck Group
Wood Company: Onsite Woodwork Corporation
Electrical Services: Cleveland Electric Company
Project Area: 6,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Hinman Research Building / office dA and Lord, Aeck & Sargent

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The Hinman Research Building, originally designed by P.M Heffernan in 1939 who later served as director of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture from 1956-1976, recently has undergone a $9.5 million restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse. Office dA in collaboration with Lord, Aeck & Sargent adapted the freestanding research facility to include graduate level architecture studios, computer labs and interdisciplinary research labs among others.

Events will be held today to mark the grand opening of the Hinman Research Building starting at 4pm in the Reinsh-Pierce Auditorium with a lecture from the architects, Nader Tehrani of and Atlanta based Lord, Aeck & Sargent‘s Jack Pyburn, FAIA. Following the lecture a ceremony and reception will be held from 5-7pm at the Hinman Research Building.

Architects: office dA and Lord, Aech & Sargent
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Construction Manager: The Beck Group
Project Area: 35,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Georgia Tech COA