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Phipps Plaza's Futuristic Renovation Finishes Up

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Modern new look brings luxury mall up to date

The new entry is a futuristic design, with splayed metal columns supporting a glass canopy, which is framed by a back-lit perforated metal panel system.
The main entry door to Phipps Plaza from Peachtree Street.
Photos: Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

A months-long renovation of Phipps Plaza is wrapping up in Buckhead, and the results are dramatic. The first phase of a multi-year plan to modernize the mall and create a full service "lifestyle center" out of the Peachtree Road institution known for high-end shopping, the completed work has updated a decidedly 1980s facility dominated by brass fixtures and dated wood accents. Not only an aesthetic transformation, the site is being amenitized, with the parking lots being filled by residences and a hotel. General Manager Eric Howard showed us around and previewed the still-to-come changes:

Along Peachtree Road, the newly finished facade is an eclectic mix of finishes toned in blacks, whites, and beige.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
The aesthetic of the front facade is boxy and modern.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
Currently dominated by a large concrete sidewalk, the front of the mall will be spruced up in coming phases, with curbside eating areas and plantings to re-envision the front of the mall along the lines of a European high street.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
The perforated metal panels surrounding the front door of the building are backlit by LEDs, which can change colors and even form ghosted images.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
The rear of the facility is still dominated by the color scheme from the 1980s. Plans call for it to eventually receive a similar treatment to the front.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
Older wooden columns have been re-clad with marble to create a more modern atrium space.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
The "Court of the South" has been updated with new lighting and modern brushed steel handrails.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
The handrails are etched with flowers to blend a subtle southern sense of style in with the more modern aesthetic.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
The massive skylight in the atrium is still a major feature following the renovation.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
All lights inside were replaced by energy-efficient LED fixtures.
Michael Kahn - Curbed
The view leaving Phipps Plaza out the main entry door to Peachtree Road.
Michael Kahn - Curbed

Phipps Plaza

3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 261-7910 Visit Website