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Shimmery Buckhead Tower Signals Return of Cool Architecture

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[Renderings via Tishman Speyer.]

Be ready for more construction cranes to rise in Buckhead, as Tishman Speyer's Three Alliance Center — finally not another residential tower — has approval to go skyward, reports BisNow. Ground broke in August for the 32-story building, the final component in the three-building Alliance Center complex. It will face Lenox Road across from Phipps Plaza and will feature around 500,000 square feet of office space and a distinctive, shimmery façade. Designed by locally-based, nationally-prominent firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam — the duo behind One Museum Place in Midtown — the building could signal a trend (fingers crossed) away from architectural brain-drain in the city. For the firm, the two projects mark a reentry of their high-profile builds in Atlanta, after they'd disappeared from the scene following the completion of their otherworldly Buckhead Branch Library in the 1980s.

With foundation work done and permits granted, visible work should begin soon on the site. Projected for completion in 2016, the building will be the largest new office building in the Atlanta market since the Recession, boosting the Alliance Center to almost 10-percent of the Buckhead office space market share. While not exactly a mega-tower, the building will feature prominently in the Buckhead skyline and will be visible from Ga. Highway 400 and Peachtree Road. And, for the record, it's much snazzier than anything in Vancouver.

· Permits Filed for Vertical Construction of Three Alliance [BisNow]
· Three Alliance Center [Tishman Speyer]
· Shimmering Three Alliance Center Gets a Groundbreaking Date [Curbed Atlanta]