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Atlanta’s Central Library renovation takes first step forward

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A firm has been selected to oversee the overhaul of the Marcel Breuer-designed building in downtown

The next chapter of the Central Library in downtown is about to begin, with the announcement of the team selected to lead a major renovation and restoration of the architecturally significant building.

According to a post on the Facebook page of FOCAL - Friends of the Central Atlanta Library, local architecture firm Cooper Carry, along with Raleigh-based Vines Architecture, has been chosen to lead the programming and early design phases of the project.

Last year, the building made headlines far and wide when it was revealed that some leaders wished to see it demolished.

The final built work of internationally renowned architect Marcel Breuer, the library is regarded by many as a Brutalist gem. Some in the community might decry it as a heavy, grey rock, but experts call the structure a diamond in the rough.

The central stair of the library is just one of the many unique features of the building.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

With $55 million dedicated to the project, expect to see a lot of changes both inside and out, with possibilities including retail space to unite the building with the street and the reopening of a terrace with skyline views to the public.

FOCAL notes that “community engagement will start very soon,” meaning citizens will have a say in how the building is re-envisioned to be relevant to Atlantans.