We are excited to announce the completion of the new EYP/Stanley Beaman & Sears’ Atlanta office. During an afternoon stroll down Peachtree Street we spotted the space as we gazed into the lobby of the historic Equitable Building, a mid-century tower built in the 1960’s and a prominent site on the Atlanta skyline. The mezzanine overlooking the lobby had long been vacant and as we looked up we observed the soaring ceiling height and the large expanse of glass around the exterior. Although our former office also had high ceilings, it did not have much natural light; therefore, finding a space with extensive natural light, views of the Woodruff Park and Marcel Breuer’s historic public library was a real find.
In our search for new space other design drivers included:In our search for new space other design drivers included: • Create a workplace where people can be their most creative, where coming to work is fun and teamwork is supported. • Integrate formal and informal collaborative work spaces in multiple locations throughout the studios • Follow good sustainable design practices by reusing light fixtures and workstations, saving them from landfill. • Employ Fitwel principles for healthier workplace environments to improve employee health and productivity. • To the extent possible, locate all work spaces adjacent to natural light along the exterior window wall. • Integrate our art gallery now recognized in city publications into the design so that we can continue to showcase local and regional artists. • Incorporate a convenience stair to facilitate ease of access between the mezzanine and second floors, fos- tering collaboration and promoting fitness. • Introduce splashes of color throughout for fun and to energize the workplace.
The space took approximately 6 months to design, document and construct. Now completed, this striking space has achieved our goal of creating an office that fosters a creative, collaborative, environmentally responsive design and healthy work place.
Special thanks goes to the design team, move committee, volunteers (what a heroic effort!) and also several of the principals (you know who you are!) for their input and insights during the design and construction process. In addition, kudos to the entire staff in the Atlanta office who worked on mobile tables in what seemed like total darkness for six weeks prior to the move while our existing work stations and lighting were relocated to the new office.
The office is located near one of Atlanta’s oldest parks and across the street from Marcel Breuer designed Atlanta Fulton County Library. Other neighbors include Georgia State University, the Rialto Theater and the historic Candler Building. Designed by architect George Murphy and constructed in 1906, the Candler Building is one of Atlanta’s oldest landmarks developed by the Coca-Cola magnate, Asa Candler. In addition, there are a plethora of hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the office.
Brief History of the Equitable Building:
“Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta across the street from Woodruff Park, named for Coca-Cola magnate and philanthropist Robert Woodruff, the Equitable Life Assurance Building is a 32-story, 453 foot tall structure. It is located at 100 Peachtree Street in the Fairlie-Poplar district in downtown Atlanta. A typical example of an International-style skyscraper, the building was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and was constructed in 1968. The building’s “EQUITABLE” signage remains an easily recognizable piece of the downtown Atlanta skyline.”
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