Innovative Designs Unveiled – Could Transform Buckhead
Creating a park out of thin air took one step closer to becoming a reality when on Sep. 7, 2016 the BCID presented the phase I vision and design plans at The Buckhead Theatre for the Park Over GA400. Robert M. Rogers, FAIA with ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers and Thomas Woltz with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects presented the plans, which included their inspiration as well as a review of other projects that have set a precedent on the benefits of a world class urban space.
BCID chairman, David Allman kicked off the presentation with an overview of how the idea for a park over GA400 came to be, and explained that cities all over the world are creating urban spaces to be more innovative, competitive and connected.
Rogers said that now that the concept designs are complete, the next steps are to look at the bigger picture, the criteria needed for the park, the cost of the construction and upkeep, and to see how to structure public outreach and conversation in the community about the development of the park.
The design for the Park Over GA400 would stretch nearly half a mile long and have three distinct zones of programming: The Commons, the Plaza and the Gardens. The Commons would connect to PATH400 via a distinctive bridge over Lenox Road, and feature a significant green gathering space. The Plaza, more of a hardscape would leverage the existing MARTA bridge infrastructure, and link pedestrian routes to both the east and west. The Gardens would feature new Peachtree MARTA entrances, include an iconic span over Peachtree Road and provide a lush horticultural experience. The park’s infrastructure would also include curved steel bridges and freeway noise mitigation to block the sound of GA400 traffic rolling through underneath.
The park’s landscaping would feature native Georgia plants and create both expansive and intimate experiences. One landscape design feature would be an allée of high-canopied trees running the length of the park, which would provide shade and wildlife habitat from Lenox Road to Peachtree Road.
A decision to move forward with refinement of the design, the costs, and the governance and funding models will likely be made at BCID’s board meeting on October 5.
Hopefully you have seen and heard about the plans. For more information on the team, click here.
If you haven’t seen all the buzz, please click the links below.
- AJC Video
- Atlanta Business Chronicle
- Atlanta InTown
- Curbed Atlanta
- Northside Neighbor
- What Now
- Next City