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Photos: Buckhead’s tallest new tower in a decade lends unique Atlanta perspectives

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City’s latest Icon high-rise aims to enliven Peachtree and add skyline flair

The spiky concrete pieces at left will bear a unique architectural fin at Atlanta’s latest Icon tower.
The spiky concrete pieces at left will bear a unique architectural fin at Atlanta’s latest Icon tower.

Buckhead’s tallest new high-rise since 2008’s Sovereign condos has topped out, with expectations that apartments will start leasing in late spring or early summer, according to developers.

Icon Buckhead stands 35 stories over Peachtree Road, just south of Lenox Square, with an architectural fin in the works that will run up and over the roof, promising a distinctive touch among so many new high-rises of concrete and glass.

The project, formerly known as Apogee Buckhead, replaced one of Atlanta’s most recognizable brutalist buildings, the former Second Church of Christ, Scientist.

The 363 361 Icon apartments will join thousands of new rentals that have popped up across Atlanta in recent years, including at sister property Icon Midtown, also developed by Related Group.

A mix of studios up to three-bedroom apartments is planned.

Nicholas Mullins, a Related development manager, tells Curbed Atlanta it’s too early to say what Icon Buckhead’s rents will be.

In the short term, he said, the building’s fin will be fully pieced together in coming weeks—a process Atlanta’s development wonks might enjoy.

At street level, about 32,000 square feet of retail is coming. Elsewhere, the property will feature a pool terrace atop an adjacent parking structure, with a club room and rooftop fire pit terrace on the 35th floor.

We swung by the Icon site recently to see progress—and experience new perspectives across the city.

Work continues on the glass facade at street level. Expect the retail spaces to span three floors here.
The property’s parking garage is at left, as seen from the ground floor.
A vantage point through the roof to a crane towering above the building.
Ga. Highway 400 and the Cumberland area in the distance.
Views to the north include Lenox Square, at right.
Construction progresses on the 34th floor, one of two penthouse levels of the building.
Views toward the Sovereign condo tower, which at 665 feet is Buckhead’s tallest—and the tallest built anywhere in Atlanta in the 2000s.
Buckhead spreads north toward the Perimeter from the 34th floor.
Midtown in the distance.
How the length of the project will front Peachtree Road, just south of Lenox Square.
Renderings courtesy of Related Group