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Porsche's Atlanta HQ Wins Design Award; Here's a Closer Look

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Think all new Atlanta architecture is boring? Don't forget to look a little south of downtown

The firm responsible for designing Porsche's Atlanta base near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport just scored a hat-tip for its work on Porsche Cars North America Headquarters and Experience Center at the 2016 Annual Design Excellence Awards.

The accolades help prove that not all new Atlanta architecture is a snooze-fest.

Presented by the American Society of Interior Designs Georgia Chapter, the project won gold in the Corporate Over 25,000 Square Feet category and took the evening's highest honor as Best in Show.

According to a news release from HOK — the firm behind the design — an estimated 30,000 guests each year are expected to visit the center, which includes a 1.6-mile test track integrated into the lower levels of the office building.

"We are honored to be recognized by this prestigious national organization for interior designers," said Betsy Nurse, vice president and director of interiors for HOK’s Atlanta office, in a release. "Porsche’s vision was to create a bold environment where the physical elements are as memorable as its vehicles’ driving experience. This honor from ASID Georgia reinforces the success of the project and Porsche’s vision."

According to AJC, Porsche "stamped its gilded international nameplate on Hapeville’s doorstep last year."

Overlooking the headquarters, the four-star Solis hotel — also designed by HOK — broke ground in April, and is set to open next year.