3 Atlanta architectural gems hidden in plain sight

We enlisted architect Mark Levine, AIA, of the architectural and engineering firm Pond & Company to select three spectacular spaces we sometimes overlook

Lobby at 1180 Peachtree (2006)
Design Architect Pickard Chilton
White Carrara marble and stainless steel surround the lobby of this modern skyscraper, and expanses of (structural) glass flood the space with light. More than half of the building’s 2.36-acre site is dedicated to public outdoor space, gardens, and courts.

Photograph by Jonathan Hillyer, courtesy of the High Museum of Art
Photograph by Jonathan Hillyer, courtesy of the High Museum of Art

Wieland Pavilion, High Museum of Art, Peachtree Street (2005)
Architect Renzo Piano
Look up, and experience the Piano-designed additions that feature a system of 1,000 roof-mounted light scoops (velas) that filter northern light onto the galleries below. An “art piazza” is created by linking the newer elements to Richard Meier’s original masterpiece (1983).

Magnolia Hall, Piedmont Park (1945/1998 Renovation)
Architect Smith Dalia (Renovation)
Originally a blacksmith’s forge, Magnolia Hall is now an event space run by the Piedmont Park Conservancy. It has a Craftsman-type character that reflects its original purpose and is a welcome surprise in the shadow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden parking deck.

This article originally appeared in our February 2015 issue.