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Old Posted Jun 9, 2008, 10:04 PM
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ATLANTA | One Atlantic Center | 820 FT / 250 M | 50 FLOORS | 1987

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One Atlantic Center, also known as the IBM Tower, is a skyscraper located in Midtown Atlanta. It is the third-tallest in Atlanta, reaching a height of 820 feet (250 m) with 50 stories of office space. It was completed in 1987 and remained the tallest building in Atlanta until 1992, when it was surpassed by the Bank of America Plaza, which was also built in Midtown. It was also the tallest building in the southeastern U.S. at the time of completion, surpassing the Wachovia Financial Center in Miami.

The building was commissioned by Prentiss Properties as a southeastern headquarters for IBM, a company responsible for many notable skyscrapers of the 1980s. Aside from introducing Atlanta to the postmodern architectural idiom of the 80s, this tower is notable for essentially creating what is now the Midtown commercial district. Located at the then-remote corner of 14th and West Peachtree Streets over a mile from Downtown, this building nevertheless opened nearly fully occupied and thus attracted developers to Midtown in droves.

The building's exterior consists of Spanish pink granite with a copper pyramidal top and gold peak. The design includes gothic flourishes, most noticeably below the copper top of the building. At night the peak and ridges along the top are illuminated brightly, creating a glowing effect.

It was joined in 2001 by the much shorter Atlantic Center Plaza building, which bears similar postmodern design and was constructed across the street as the second phase of the Atlantic Center development. Atlantic Center Plaza's design and architecture are so similar, it has affectionately become known in Atlanta as the "Mini Me" building, named after the comical dwarfish clone of Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. Phase III sits on the drawing boards as the developers await a tenant.

One Atlantic Center was designed by Heery International, Inc. and Johnson/Burgee Architects.

All pictures were taken by me

5/2/08:


From Atlantic Station (in relation to the Midtown skyline, 1/7/08):


From the north (6/9/07):


Same view at night (1/28/08):
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While I think the tower has a decent form, the architecture is deplorable and trite. At least Johnson did proportions well (as opposed to Child's 1 Worldwide in NYC).
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While I think the tower has a decent form, the architecture is deplorable and trite. At least Johnson did proportions well (as opposed to Child's 1 Worldwide in NYC).
Pretty harsh words. I always really liked this tower. I fail to see anything "deplorable" or "trite" about it.
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Old Posted Jun 15, 2008, 4:01 AM
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"Mini me" is pretty funny
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My 2nd favorite behind BOA Plaza in Atlanta. It has a gracefulness and elegance that evokes a sense of moderation. Definitely classy. It defined the look of Midtown for 2 decades. Its gold-domed spire has inspired at least 6 other skyscrapers to use the spire in their designs, all of which are in Midtown, as is evidenced in this photo...
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definitely my favorite building in Atlanta
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Old Posted Jul 3, 2008, 6:29 PM
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A reasonably nice tower with a good silhouette on the skyline. With postmodernism falling out of favor, it may be less appreciated than it used to be.

The shaft of this skyscraper features design elements that are similar to the 619 foot high Comerica Tower in Detroit, which was designed by the same architects in 1991.
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And More Shots...

Here are some more pictures I have of 1AC...

From Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta in the distance (5/8/07):


From 14th & Peachtree (5/25/07):


From I-85/Buford Hwy (6/9/07):


From Atlantic Station/Ikea (6/9/07):


From the 17th Street Bridge (6/9/07):


From 17th/Bishop Streets (9/19/07):


From I-75 approaching Brookwood (11/17/07):


From Peachtree Street @ the High Museum of Art (11/17/07):


From 17th/State Streets (1/7/08):


From 14th/Spring Streets (1/7/08):


From 1010 Peachtree at right (5/9/08):


From Atlantic Station (7/15/08):
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This and the Tribune Tower in Chicago are probably my all time favorite buildings. The ironic thing is the Tribune Tower heavily inspired this building, along with Boston's Trinity Church.

Also, I have seen very few photos that really do this building justice.
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I have always liked this building however the location seems sketchy.
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Now I know where the Merryland Building in Shanghai got its inspiration from.
Both buildings are hideous in my opinion.
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I have renderings of this from the 80s when the four smaller buildings were also planned. I also have pictures of it under construction. I would post them but I have had them for so long I couldn't tell you the source.
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I have renderings of this from the 80s when the four smaller buildings were also planned. I also have pictures of it under construction. I would post them but I have had them for so long I couldn't tell you the source.
You mean this? Courtesy of Flickr user xpkranger



Would have been interesting if this actually got built (and have filled up the two vacant lots on the south side of 14th Street)
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