Atlanta Decorative Arts Center

This project has since been expanded five times (1970, 1979, 1982, 1985 and 1986) and was extensively renovated in 2007. Natural light from the atrium appeals to the design professionals for whom matching colors is so important. ADAC was designed to be a Southeastern display and distribution center for manufacturers of furnishings (primarily high-end furniture, fabrics, lighting, kitchen and bath fixtures etc.). The original complex was 2 long parallel 1-story buildings connected at either end by walls of the same color and rough brick texture, as the pierced brick screens in front of each showroom building. A 2-story addition then connected the two parallel buildings at the rear. The three elements faced an open interior court with parking, plantings and fountains. The pierced brick screen walls support a walkway roof and create a flickering, constantly changing interplay of light and shadow in the showroom bays. The courtyard has since been enclosed but a skylight continues to provide natural light to the primarily glass-enclosed showrooms. The buildings are planned with complete flexibility to lease. The bays can be divided in a number of different ways, allowing tenants to have showrooms of varying sizes and configurations. Interiors are free of dividing walls except those specified by tenants. As part of the 2007 renovation, the dynamic sculpture grouping “South Music” was installed in front of ADAC. The perforated Corten steel tower formation, commissioned by architect-developer John Portman, was created by sculptor Angel Orensanz. The sculpture features dramatic night lighting.

At a Glance

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Gross Building Area

550,000 sf (51,100 sm)



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