An ‘outdoor living room’ to bring people together
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DETAILS

LocationAtlanta, Georgia, United States
ClientPortman Holdings
Size2.2 acres

The Coda building in Technology Square represents a $375 million investment into Atlanta’s budding innovation district – the Southeast’s premier innovation neighborhood. The area has attracted industry innovation centers including AT&T Mobility, Panasonic Automotive, Southern Company, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, Coca-Cola Enterprises, NCR, and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. Encompassing unprecedented collaborative office space, co-working and research facilities, a high-performance computing center, and interactive community space collectively feed the innovation ecosystem created by Georgia Tech and Midtown, bringing together people in a mixed-use community of innovation, education, and intelligence exchange.

In collaboration with John Portman & Associates, SWA sought to vision the project’s public open space – bordered by retail, a high-performance data center, two office towers, and the historic Crum & Forster building – as a local gathering place and outdoor living room for Tech Square and Midtown Atlanta. Its spatial arrangement and location ensure its success as a nexus that uniquely connects the intellectual capital of Georgia Tech with the thriving business community in Midtown Atlanta.

A giant interactive media wall provides a dynamic backdrop to the central space. A linear banquette seat reinforces clear lines of sight through the space. The space allows brilliant thinkers, creative minds, and smart business people to come together, share their points of view, and start a process that leads to the next big idea.

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