1180 Peachtree in Atlanta

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Photo of 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia
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Photo of 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia
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Photo of 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia
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Photo of 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia
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Photo of 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia
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Photo of 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia
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Photo of 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia
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1180 Peachtree
Also known as:Symphony Tower

1180 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia, Midtown Atlanta 30309
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This is the tower that symbolizes Atlanta's emergence into the 21st Century. 1180 Peachtree embraces the new modernist style in skyscraper design, moving beyond the black glass of the 1960's, the white concrete of the 1970's, the beige stucco of the 1990's.

More importantly, it signals Atlanta's intention to diverge from the urban examples like New York and Chicago that came before it. Instead of creating dark, smothering canyons, buildings like 1180 use natural light, setbacks, and podiums to create a more welcoming environment -- one where skyscrapers can work with people and the environment, rather than oppress them.

A thoroughly modern tower, 1180 Peachtree's facade exists as two parallel walls of blue-green glass under a grid of silver spandrels. As they reach the upper reaches of the building, they curve slightly inward. In practical terms, they shield the rooftop mechanical elements from being seen. Aesthetically, however, they create a sense of wonder; giving people an opportunity to imagine what might be up there. A hidden luxury penthouse? A private garden? An area for exclusive parties? While the truth is rather more mundane, an architect that can bring wonder to a viewer accomplishes a feat that motion picture directors strive for -- to use their creation to evoke emotion in others.

This building's external grid is supplemented by visible structural elements at the top of the building, supporting the curves. In a sense, this building has "good bones" and isn't afraid to show them off. But they're more than just decorative. Putting the metal elements on the outside creates more room for offices inside, and provides a small amount of shadows to help defray cooling costs.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Floor space: 681,000 square feet
  • Elevators: 17
  • Steel used in construction: 700 tons
  • Concrete used in construction: 95,000 tons
  • Parking: 1,200 spaces
Timeline
  • September, 2006: This building is sold to the General Electric Pension Trust for $254,000,000.
Notes
  • Developer: Hines
  • Construction company: Turner Construction.
  • This building rests on 192 piers drilled 65 feet to bedrock.
  • The illuminated fins at the top of the building are 119 feet tall.
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Did You Know?
  • In addition to the garden at the plaza level, there is also a roof garden on the 18th floor.
Green Things
  • 35,000 square feet of the roof is covered by plants to reduce storm water runoff.
  • This building collects storm water and condensation from its own mechanical equipment and stores it underground. The water is used for watering plants.
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  When I lived in Atlanta for six years the city itself amazed me with its tall skyscrapers, 1180 Peachtree is the most beautiful building in Atlanta that I have far seen.

Erickfer Salas - Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 @ 3:43pm  

  "More importantly, it signals Atlanta's intention to diverge from the urban examples like New York and Chicago that came before it." Fine if repetitive building, and a nice riff on Atlanta's pointy patterns, yet the only problem with claiming such meaning for it is that it's a 90 degree twist of Pickard Chilton and HKS' earlier design for AIM Funds on the Southwest Freeway in Houston, so Atlanta was an afterthought at best.

Neil - Friday, March 16th, 2007 @ 5:26pm  

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