As the main artery of Atlanta, Peachtree Street may lay claim to the city’s most notable architecture, but it was an unassuming 1980s-era mixed-use structure on the stretch that caught the attention of Perkins+Will Atlanta for the firm’s new offices. Situated across the street from the High Museum of Art and Woodruff Arts Center, the site was central to Atlanta’s culture scene. Secondly, having been in the same part of town for 30 years, Perkins+Will was familiar with the location and found it easily accessible for driving, cycling, and mass transit–commuting employees, with the rapid rail station just a block away. But the most important factor in purchasing 1315 Peachtree Street was that the building held enormous potential to embody the firm’s values—particularly sustainable design.
“There were a lot of things that were representative of what we believe in and talk about to our clients: sustainability, smart growth, a new kind of workplace, and real mixed-use that brings together commercial, cultural, and civic,” says Manuel Cadrecha, principal and design director at Perkins+Will Atlanta.