Peachtree Center’s subterranean food court and shopping center is nearing the end of its transformation.
The results, officials say, should welcome more foot traffic to the already bustling hive of office workers, tourists, and commuters.
Ryan Horne, an architect with The Beck Group, which spearheaded design and construction of the reimagined Hub, told Curbed Atlanta during a tour that one of the most exciting additions at the mall isn’t one of the new eateries, but rather the nearly complete pedestrian plaza overhead.
For years, the main Peachtree Street entrance to the mall, now owned by Banyan Street Capital, was little more than a bland escalator in front of a plaza largely comprised of massive skylights for the spaces below ground.
Now, however, The Hub features a glass staircase—the “architectural centerpiece”—that draws in passersby and a pedestrian plaza replete with fresh greenery, seating, and water fixtures.
“A lot of the original intent of this is to bring people back into the space, whether that’s pushing people into the mall or pushing people back toward the atrium,” Horne said.
Horne said the redesigned plaza also features a new canopy “just under the size of a football field” that provides a sort of boundary or ceiling between the pedestrian experience and the Peachtree Center towers looming above.
“While it’s pretty breathtaking to look up at these two big forms above you...it’s kind of imposing to walk in here and have these two massive towers above you,” he said.
Once the final kinks are ironed out—testing the water features, installing a new facade on the CVS downstairs, and other last-minute changes—the plaza will be ready to host concerts and other public events, Horne said.
Heavy machinery is still roaring at the downtown site, but the mall has remained open throughout construction, and The Beck Group’s upgrades have given it a brighter, quieter, more inviting feel.
Take a peek below at the renovated space.