Design is critical to Atlanta’s sustainable economy and future prosperity. For Portman Architects, the primary purpose of the design is to put the needs of humans first.
Join Portman Architects on a virtual point-of-view tour of our newest additions to Atlanta’s skyline: CODA and Anthem Technology Center. Together, these two buildings represent Portman’s commitment to smart design thinking in order to create spaces that enrich the human experience and facilitate collaboration.
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Explore Coda as it redefines the work experience by blurring it with everyday activities. The design of this new office tower delivers a multitude of different environments, from collaborative working spaces to more private study rooms; from active game zones to relaxing lounge areas. The 625,000 SF tower features six stacked, three-storied atriums. These spaces are all connected through the world’s tallest continuous spiral staircase, which rises from level 5 to level 20, providing views vertically and horizontally of the city’s horizon. These atriums act as a vertical public “piazza” that are designed to spark interaction and are visually connected to the large public, open spaces at ground floor where people gather, meet, and eat just outside of the 26,000 SF food hall.
On the north wing of the CODA building, an additional 3-story atrium with an expansive view onto the entry park of the Scheller School of Business is used for large presentations and events. Meanwhile, the green roof on the top of the southern wing offers yoga, pop-up soccer, and other social events with an amazing 180-degree view of Atlanta. CODA was designed to stimulate innovation and create an environment where collaboration isn’t always structured, but a natural consequence of the spaces people inhabit.
Similarly, the Anthem Technology Center addresses the design challenge of collaborative space by providing large open floor plans and expansive outdoor terraces that overlook the city and support health and wellness. The functions along these terraces vary from fitness centers, grab n’ go coffee spots, and a catering/prep kitchen to support corporate events. These shared spaces promote an innovative workspace and building-use synergies, attracting leading talent from surrounding communities and showcasing unique features such as the city’s first kinetic wall.
This 21-story, state-of-the-art, build-to-suit office tower offers 353,000 SF of flexible office space and is the hub for approximately 3,000 multidisciplinary IT professionals in the consumer healthcare industry. The entrance and lobby space of the building is intended to be a continuation of the streetscape, yet distinguishes itself with warmer materials, furniture, lighting, and sculptural elements, like the custom monumental stair that gives public access to the innovation department located on the mezzanine level.
The facade of the Anthem Technology Center is made up of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and Tridimensional matte silver metal panels. The windows allow a large amount of natural light to permeate the office environment, while the metal panels filter light to create an undulating resonance of reflections and shadows. Functionally, some panels are perforated to allow more air circulation as well as a shade screen during the day. The building’s urban location gives its employees easy access to the North Avenue Marta Station, bus routes, and a variety of other transit options.
Since their conception, these two innovative projects have generated thousands of jobs and opportunities in Atlanta. Design thinking can help address critical issues within the city, and can stimulate economic growth, improve the built environment, and create new goods and services. Simultaneously, the efficiency of local architecture and development projects has been optimized to further enhance people’s lives.
In Atlanta, design can help improve the attractiveness and efficiency of the city and its urban systems in order to attract more top businesses and talent. Smart design is a business’ comparative advantage in the market, and Portman Architects leverages design thinking as a force for economic growth and positive societal change. As people and practitioners learn more about the many benefits of employing design thinking in other fields, we seek to promote those benefits in order to stimulate further investment in our great global city.