|At the northern corner of the site, a new 135,000-square-foot office building (Building 500) features a primarily glass exterior, offering an intentionally lighter effect than that of Colony Square’s historic concrete. The geometry of both new office buildings (Building 500 and Building 300) is inspired by the strong vertical lines and gridded window modules of the historic structures. Building 500 may only stand six stories tall, in contrast to its 22-story neighbor, but it conveys the same tangible sense of verticality.
BBB began working on the project in 2017 and completed it in several phases which included demolishing the former mall, the addition of two new office buildings, a food hall and cinema, the expansion of existing retail opportunities, and the creation of new pedestrian connections. A central goal in all aspects of BBB’s design was to soften the hard edges and seemingly impenetrable buildings that made circulation through the complex difficult. The firm’s approach was to dissolve the barriers between Colony Square and the adjacent community by creating visual connections — from the outside in and inside out — that reinforce connectivity and promote an engaging pedestrian experience.
Through a blend of urban design innovations and architectural interventions, the project has increased occupant density while simultaneously expanding open space and—most importantly—re-established a great urban sense of place.
You are invited to visit the project microsite for additional information, including specific examples of BBB’s urban design innovations and architectural interventions at Colony Square.
About Colony Square
At the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, Colony Square is not only the heart of Midtown, it’s the heart of Atlanta – an original icon at the very center of the ever-rising capital of the modern South. Today, Colony Square is becoming an icon of another kind, bringing the Art of Modern Life to Midtown. Featuring 940,000 square feet of Class A office, 160,000 square feet of best-in-class retail, a 466-room hotel and 262 luxury residences, the reimagined Colony Square will be known as a foodie haven; shopping and entertainment destination; sophisticated business hub; and an amenity-rich, arts-infused place to gather with community and soak up Midtown’s vibe. Open, walkable and transit friendly, the reimagined Colony Square, like all great city squares, will be seamlessly connected to the vibrant energy of the streets around it.
About Beyer Blinder Belle
Founded in 1968, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners is an award-winning architecture, planning, and interiors practice of 170 professionals in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston. The firm’s multi-faceted portfolio encompasses preservation, urban design, and new construction projects that span a wide spectrum of building typologies and sectors, including cultural, civic, educational, residential, and commercial.
For more than five decades, BBB’s work has focused on the revitalization of nationally-celebrated buildings and urban sites, including Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, the World Trade Center Retail Redevelopment, and The Battery, Atlanta. BBB approaches all projects with a deep understanding of their character-defining features and contexts, and brings creativity, place-making, and authenticity to the design of buildings and dynamic public spaces that meet the needs of current and future generations.
About Lord Aeck Sargent
Lord Aeck Sargent, a Katerra company, is an award-winning architecture, planning, landscape architecture and interior design firm serving clients in the mixed-use/commercial, urban design/planning college and university, K-12 education, and multi-family housing markets with specialization in science and technology, arts and culture, multifamily housing and historic preservation. The firm’s experts in these practice areas have deep regional and national experience and collaborate across firm offices located in Atlanta, Georgia; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and Washington, D.C. Lord Aeck Sargent has been named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Architectural Firms 15 times, received American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award and has been in Engineering News-Record Magazine’s Top 500 Design Firms list 10 times.