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The NCCHR’s symbolic facade.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Atlanta’s most important new buildings of the 2010s

A retrospective spanning from big-league stadiums to one controversial house

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The NCCHR’s symbolic facade.
| Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Since the economic doldrums of 2010, the City of Atlanta alone has seen dozens of high-rise towers, thousands of single-family homes, and well over 30,000 new apartments and condos built. More than 50 million square feet of commercial space has been permitted—enough to make 25 Mercedes-Benz Stadiums, alongside a State Farm Arena or two.

But how much of that activity has been exceptional enough to make a lasting impression? To change how the city functions or perceives itself? To be deemed important?

Several adaptive-reuse projects completed across Atlanta this past decade could certainly qualify as important—Stockyards, Fulton Supply Lofts, Krog Street Market, the Beacon district, Ponce City Market, and Georgia Avenue among them. But this mapped list is meant to highlight ground-up creations, in no particular order.

All have Atlanta addresses, too. Even the one in Cobb County.

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1. Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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1 AMB Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(470) 341-5000
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Destined to impress visitors for at least a couple of decades, Atlanta’s most expensive new building—the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, backed by some $200 million in taxpayer funds—broke ground in 2014 and opened to much fanfare three years later.

Designed by HOK, the 30-story, origami-like structure is crowned by an eight-panel retractable roof, with a distinctive exterior and awe-inspiring interior halo board. In a downtown full of architectural statements, this one’s among the biggest.

A massive gray stadium with rubble beside it, and a skyline beyond.
The Benz and its predecessor’s remains, two years ago.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

2. Lilli Midtown

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693 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 948-6693
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Standing 25 stories with thoughtful design by New York-based architecture firm ODA, Lilli Midtown marked South Midtown’s first new high-rise in ages in 2018 while raising the bar for multifamily-development aesthetics and site adaptiveness.

The JPX Works project—clad in metal panels with a Jenga-like arrangement of balconies and windows—replaced an abandoned building and added 147 rentals along Peachtree Street without a single new parking space.

A white and glass building rising up into gray skies. Curbed Atlanta

3. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(678) 999-8990
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Among the latest additions to the tourist district around Pemberton Place, the Freelon Group and HOK-designed building at the northern edge of Centennial Olympic Park could be Atlanta’s most culturally significant architectural addition of the 2010s.

Opened in the summer of 2014, following years of recession-era delays, the 42,000-square-foot facility maximizes an elevation change on land donated by the Coca-Cola company. Its curved exterior embraces visitors while embodying the ideas of the museum—a place where disparate groups can connect.

The project’s design spearhead, the late Phil Freelon, would go on to lead designs for the Smithsonian Institution’s lauded National Museum of African American History and Culture.

A modern museum building with small vertical windows. Curbed Atlanta

4. 725 Ponce

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725 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

With its five-story glass face that doubles as a movie screen, architecture of modern-industrial concrete designed to look better as it ages, integrated Eastside Trail connections, and a buried parking garage concealed beyond sight of so many passersby, 725 Ponce is the tallest ground-up structure to lord over the Atlanta Beltline yet—and it just might be its most forward-thinking.

A large concrete building next to a walking path.
How the building’s outdoor spaces interact with the Beltline, as seen prior to Kroger’s opening. Designs: S9 Architecture; development: New City Properties
Curbed Atlanta

5. Kendeda Building

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422 Ferst Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Four years in the making, Georgia Tech’s recently unveiled Kendeda Building has expectations of being certified soon as the Southeast’s greenest structure—and one of just 24 “Living Buildings” in the country.

The $30 million experiment is part of the Living Building Challenge, an international green-building program. It offers a 170-seat auditorium, classrooms designed to accommodate between 16 and 70 people, labs, offices, student commons, and a rooftop garden and apiary—none of it connected to city sewers or power utilities.

Atlanta’s Lord Aeck Sargent architecture firm and Seattle’s Miller Hull Partnership led designs, with construction by Skanska.

A modern building with plants at the base and trees at the perimeter. Curbed Atlanta

6. Haus Gables

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169 Sampson St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

This intown home of many complex angles—but nary a front door—got Atlantans talking about residential architecture like few others this past decade.

Called Haus Gables, the experimental project by (and former personal home of) architect Jennifer Bonner, director of the MALL firm, expanded design possibilities for so many tight lots around the city—while befuddling more than a few neighbors.

Spanning 2,200 square feet, the Haus exhibits a rare example of cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology, built by essentially piecing together large slats of glued wood, like a gingerbread house. Earlier this year, it listed for north of $1.1 million, but more recently had gone the Airbnb route at around $270 per night.

An angular white house with no front door and people walking around the side. Courtesy of Harry Norman Realtors

7. NCR Global Headquarters

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864 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(800) 225-5627
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While it might be less than monumental in stature, global tech company NCR’s two-pronged new Midtown headquarters is a prime example of how former intown parking lots can be activated in thoughtful ways.

The glassy Duda|Paine-designed buildings, laid out as “neighborhoods” with different functionalities in separate sections, are expected to eventually house 5,000 employees.

A glassy mid-rise building with other towers behind it with balconies. Curbed Atlanta

8. Spoke Luxury Apartments

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1450 La France Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 635-9043
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To the casual observer, the Spoke project’s first phase could resemble countless other apartment stacks of a half-dozen stories delivered across metro Atlanta during this real estate cycle.

But these 200 apartments that debuted in 2018—with 10 percent reserved as affordable housing—represented MARTA’s first foray into mixed-use development of this era, replacing hundreds of underused surface parking spaces with transit-connected living options.

Now entering a final phase, Spoke is a partnership between Invest Atlanta and Columbia Ventures. It’s positioned next to MARTA’s Blue and Green Lines, at the doorstep of the Edgewood-Candler Park Station, and it’s become a harbinger of a denser, less car-dependent city to come.

A gray and white apartment complex with a big sidewalk in front and around it.
Spoke in 2018.
Curbed Atlanta

9. SunTrust Park

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755 Battery Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(404) 577-9100
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Almost three years since SunTrust Park’s first official Opening Day, even naysayers formerly wed to the Atlanta Braves’s Summerhill location might have to concede the more intimate, state-of-the-art ballpark is a hit.

Surrounded by a wealth of entertainment, dining, and living options, the stadium is marketed as having some of the best sight-lines and most robust WiFi in professional sports—and now a baseball team that isn’t too shabby, either.

A fan plaza next to a large baseball stadium.
The stadium-adjacent Fan Plaza.
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1. Mercedes-Benz Stadium

1 AMB Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
A massive gray stadium with rubble beside it, and a skyline beyond.
The Benz and its predecessor’s remains, two years ago.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

Destined to impress visitors for at least a couple of decades, Atlanta’s most expensive new building—the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, backed by some $200 million in taxpayer funds—broke ground in 2014 and opened to much fanfare three years later.

Designed by HOK, the 30-story, origami-like structure is crowned by an eight-panel retractable roof, with a distinctive exterior and awe-inspiring interior halo board. In a downtown full of architectural statements, this one’s among the biggest.

1 AMB Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

2. Lilli Midtown

693 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
A white and glass building rising up into gray skies. Curbed Atlanta

Standing 25 stories with thoughtful design by New York-based architecture firm ODA, Lilli Midtown marked South Midtown’s first new high-rise in ages in 2018 while raising the bar for multifamily-development aesthetics and site adaptiveness.

The JPX Works project—clad in metal panels with a Jenga-like arrangement of balconies and windows—replaced an abandoned building and added 147 rentals along Peachtree Street without a single new parking space.

693 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

3. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
A modern museum building with small vertical windows. Curbed Atlanta

Among the latest additions to the tourist district around Pemberton Place, the Freelon Group and HOK-designed building at the northern edge of Centennial Olympic Park could be Atlanta’s most culturally significant architectural addition of the 2010s.

Opened in the summer of 2014, following years of recession-era delays, the 42,000-square-foot facility maximizes an elevation change on land donated by the Coca-Cola company. Its curved exterior embraces visitors while embodying the ideas of the museum—a place where disparate groups can connect.

The project’s design spearhead, the late Phil Freelon, would go on to lead designs for the Smithsonian Institution’s lauded National Museum of African American History and Culture.

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

4. 725 Ponce

725 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
A large concrete building next to a walking path.
How the building’s outdoor spaces interact with the Beltline, as seen prior to Kroger’s opening. Designs: S9 Architecture; development: New City Properties
Curbed Atlanta

With its five-story glass face that doubles as a movie screen, architecture of modern-industrial concrete designed to look better as it ages, integrated Eastside Trail connections, and a buried parking garage concealed beyond sight of so many passersby, 725 Ponce is the tallest ground-up structure to lord over the Atlanta Beltline yet—and it just might be its most forward-thinking.

725 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

5. Kendeda Building

422 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
A modern building with plants at the base and trees at the perimeter. Curbed Atlanta

Four years in the making, Georgia Tech’s recently unveiled Kendeda Building has expectations of being certified soon as the Southeast’s greenest structure—and one of just 24 “Living Buildings” in the country.

The $30 million experiment is part of the Living Building Challenge, an international green-building program. It offers a 170-seat auditorium, classrooms designed to accommodate between 16 and 70 people, labs, offices, student commons, and a rooftop garden and apiary—none of it connected to city sewers or power utilities.

Atlanta’s Lord Aeck Sargent architecture firm and Seattle’s Miller Hull Partnership led designs, with construction by Skanska.

422 Ferst Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

6. Haus Gables

169 Sampson St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
An angular white house with no front door and people walking around the side. Courtesy of Harry Norman Realtors

This intown home of many complex angles—but nary a front door—got Atlantans talking about residential architecture like few others this past decade.

Called Haus Gables, the experimental project by (and former personal home of) architect Jennifer Bonner, director of the MALL firm, expanded design possibilities for so many tight lots around the city—while befuddling more than a few neighbors.

Spanning 2,200 square feet, the Haus exhibits a rare example of cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology, built by essentially piecing together large slats of glued wood, like a gingerbread house. Earlier this year, it listed for north of $1.1 million, but more recently had gone the Airbnb route at around $270 per night.

169 Sampson St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. NCR Global Headquarters

864 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
A glassy mid-rise building with other towers behind it with balconies. Curbed Atlanta

While it might be less than monumental in stature, global tech company NCR’s two-pronged new Midtown headquarters is a prime example of how former intown parking lots can be activated in thoughtful ways.

The glassy Duda|Paine-designed buildings, laid out as “neighborhoods” with different functionalities in separate sections, are expected to eventually house 5,000 employees.

864 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Spoke Luxury Apartments

1450 La France Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307
A gray and white apartment complex with a big sidewalk in front and around it.
Spoke in 2018.
Curbed Atlanta

To the casual observer, the Spoke project’s first phase could resemble countless other apartment stacks of a half-dozen stories delivered across metro Atlanta during this real estate cycle.

But these 200 apartments that debuted in 2018—with 10 percent reserved as affordable housing—represented MARTA’s first foray into mixed-use development of this era, replacing hundreds of underused surface parking spaces with transit-connected living options.

Now entering a final phase, Spoke is a partnership between Invest Atlanta and Columbia Ventures. It’s positioned next to MARTA’s Blue and Green Lines, at the doorstep of the Edgewood-Candler Park Station, and it’s become a harbinger of a denser, less car-dependent city to come.

1450 La France Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. SunTrust Park

755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
A fan plaza next to a large baseball stadium.
The stadium-adjacent Fan Plaza.
Getty Images

Almost three years since SunTrust Park’s first official Opening Day, even naysayers formerly wed to the Atlanta Braves’s Summerhill location might have to concede the more intimate, state-of-the-art ballpark is a hit.

Surrounded by a wealth of entertainment, dining, and living options, the stadium is marketed as having some of the best sight-lines and most robust WiFi in professional sports—and now a baseball team that isn’t too shabby, either.

755 Battery Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30339