One Museum Place, located on Atlanta’s Peachtree Street, is surrounded by the city’s leading art and cultural institutions on all sides, including the staggered forms of the High Museum of Art, designed by Richard Meier and later expanded by Renzo Piano, directly across the street.
Atlanta-based Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects has met and reciprocated this cultural and architectural context in the massing of the community’s buildings, which stagger across the lot in geometric steps. The structures form an expansive front courtyard and automobile court, with views onto the High Museum from the full-length residence windows on the west side. The windows fill each unit with natural light and ventilation, and provide views of the city and of Ansley Park, a planned neighborhood by Frederick Law Olmsted, to the east.
The community’s material palette matches its museum neighbor in sections of white-gray brick cladding, then contrasts it with reflective, silvery-blue brick and dark gray panels. Blocks of uniform material further segment the building’s exterior, while repeating patterns form cohesion between each of the 44 individual residences. The only round edges in the footprint are a number of cylindrical towers, which extend from the residential spaces as unique room features or lanais.
The homes range in size from 1,256 square feet to 4,844 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, access elevators in each foyer, and expansive lanai spaces with grills and wet bars. Custom builder JW Collection builds each interior to buyers’ specifications. Homeowners have access to individualized garage space in the parking area, as well as roof terraces, an owners’ lounge in the left-side building, and a fitness center on the right side.
Each window is equipped with double-pane glass, low-E coatings, and Thermo-Edge stainless steel spacer bars. These features enhance the building’s energy efficiency, repel solar heat and UV rays in the summer, and reflect heat back into the unit in the winter. White TPO roofing further offsets solar gain to keep the building cool.
The property is landscaped to efficiently capture and store rainwater. Its native and non-native plants were chosen for their ability to grow and thrive in the community’s urban location on expected and normal levels of rainfall, with minimal maintenance or supplemental irrigation.
The site’s location also places it close to Atlanta’s rapid transit system, which residents can access by walking across the High Museum piazza.