The owners of a 10-story office building in Buckhead want to keep up with the Joneses by refreshing and modernizing its blah exterior. The One Live Oak building near the intersection of Lenox and Peachtree roads is hankering to both stand out and fit in by implementing things like sleeker signage, very dark "architectural paint," vertical 12-foot "wings" to break up the façade and accent bands of high-polished aluminum, according to plans submitted by architect Gensler. Changes would also include more contemporary outdoor seating and café spaces with planters encased in ipê wood, enhancing the appearance at street level. The proposal follows similar updates at retail buildings and streetscape improvements around the rim of Lenox Square.
Architects recently brought plans to the Development Review Committee for Buckhead's Commercial Core. The board had an interesting request for the building, which houses the UGA Terry School of Business' Buckhead campus, given the area's car-centric reputation: "The committee recommends the applicant consider modifying the front retaining wall perpendicular to the building … to reduce the length that it protrudes toward the street in an effort to provide a more open, inviting pedestrian entrance to the building." Right on.
Elsewhere around Lenox Square, changes abound: The modernized, open-air Shops Around Lenox sold for a blockbuster $71.8 million several months ago. The mall itself has undergone a $10 million facelift, implementing a more inviting facade. And developers want to build more than 1,000 apartments in the immediate area.
Those plans include roughly 600 units by AMLI, to be built in a grid-like pattern with an adjoining greenspace. On a smallish lot behind Bloomingdales, the mall's owner, Simon, is planning a two-tower luxury apartment project (shown here) that could top out at 450 feet, with some 750 units. The developer's attorney told Curbed Atlanta late last year the project was working its way through the permitting process.
· One Live Oak [Livable Buckhead]
· Things Are Looking Up, Literally, Around Lenox Square [Curbed Atlanta]
[Above: Lenox tower rendering via Georgia Globe Design.]