SOM unveils the first tower of the Centennial Yards megaproject in Atlanta

The design of the first ground tower in Centenary course, a sprawling 50-acre redevelopment area on the outskirts of downtown Atlanta anchored by the existing State Farm Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has been revealed. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in partnership with Goode Van Slyke Architecture of Atlanta (GVSA), the 28-story office complex will take the form of three slender glass towers fused together by a series of open-air terraces on each floor of the building.

Featuring more than 500,000 square feet of office space and designed with “the post-pandemic workspace in mind,” according to a press release, A centenary project emphasizes an abundance of outdoor space, measuring nearly 22,000 square feet in all. In addition to terraces on each floor, other open-air environments include two expansive landscaped rooftop terraces, an indoor-outdoor cafe in the lobby, and large pocket doors on the building’s amenity floor will allow tenants to easily let the sun and fresh air. in. As SOM partner Paul Danna noted, the health and wellness-focused building’s terraces and other outdoor spaces “offer alternative workspaces and expansive city views.”

(DBOX for Centennial Yards)

“Our design is built on the market’s desire for flexible, efficient and serviced environments, and is inspired by downtown Atlanta’s rich industrial history,” Danna added, referring to One Centennial Yards as the ” flagship commercial landmark that will define the heart of Centennial Course.

In addition to expansive outdoor spaces and an additional 19,000 square feet of common perks, including a coworking lounge, cafe, fitness center, and bicycle parking.

In a statement, Centennial Yards Company President Brian McGowan announced that One Centennial Yards was the “first new Class A office building in downtown Atlanta in many years,” and noted that the unveiling of its design marked “a big step forward for Centennial Yards”. [that] brings us closer to transforming 50 acres of downtown Atlanta into a vibrant and active 24/7 community for all to enjoy.

rendering of a busy, car-free street scene outside an office building
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A former president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, McGowan was tapped to lead the Centennial Yards Company last May, which serves as the assembler and lead developer of the $5 billion megaproject and was formed as a partnership between a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based real estate giant CIM Group and a group led by Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler. As mentioned, the live-work-play district will be anchored by State Farm Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks, and the new HOK-designed Mercedes-Benz Stadium (with contributions from GVSA), home to the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United. .

The unveiling of One Centennial Yards comes less than six months after Foster + Partners’ revised master plan for Centennial Yards was greenlit by the Atlanta City Council. The master plan, updated by the London-based company in conjunction with the Atlanta studio of Perkins & Will in response to feedback generated by the community and shareholders, was first publicly unveiled last July. In total, Centennial Yards, one of the largest sports and entertainment-focused real estate developments in the United States, will produce 12 million square feet of creative office space, mixed housingretail, hotels, restaurants and entertainment spaces and more and an abundance of open public green space in a stretch of underutilized land known as the The ravine.

rendering of a double height office building lobby inside One Centennial Yards
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rendering of office workers enjoying an outdoor patio at One Centennial Yards
(DBOX for Centennial Yards)

Gulch’s nickname is appropriate because the viaduct The area is essentially a man-made ravine created by the large railway junction on the site dating back to the 19th century – more recently the area is known to host a large expanse of underground and surface land. As noted in today’s reveal of One Centennial Yards’ design, the “dark frame and large glass openings” of the building’s facade skin reference the site’s railroad heritage. Much like the more recent history of the redevelopment area (and because it is Sprawling Atlanta)there will also be plenty of places to park a car at One Centennial Yards, including a small number of levels tucked under the tower and several more covering the podium between the spacious double-height lobby and the upper 16 floors dedicated to offices.

It will also be easy to avoid parking altogether due to One Centennial Yards’ location in a walkable, transit-oriented development with direct access from the Five Points MARTA station.

In addition to SOM, several Atlanta-based companies had joined the larger project’s design team since last summer. They understand cooper carry, Choate + Hertlein Architects, Stevens and Wilkinsonand Studio H architecture planning environments (SHAPE). Kimley Horn and Sykes Consulting, Inc.. are consulting engineers, and Lowe Engineers provides civil engineering services for the project.

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