A Brave New World

The designing of the new Atlanta Braves stadium, and the challenges that ensue, begins with architects from Populous, a Kansas City-based firm. In a recent interview the principal in charge of the project described the new stadium as containing 41,500 seats for a more “intimate” feel for fans. The exterior, yet to be completely figured out, will be transparent in some way. This project differs from others because Populous plans to build an adjacent development to the stadium full of shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, and offices simultaneously [... more]

Simply Sleek

This sleek, modern Atlanta guesthouse and swimming pool were situated on a 60- x 120-foot site once occupied by a tennis court. Along the northern edge, the guesthouse provides a backdrop to the pool and terrace when viewed from the main house. Sliding glass panels and clerestory windows along the Southern facade create an open pavilion aesthetic. Primarily a wood-framed structure, the guesthouse used concealed wood posts and beams to accommodate large window and door openings along the Southern facade. The concealed beams help create a “floating [... more]

Take It All In

For the first time, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, has introduced a children’s audio tour, told from the viewpoint of Cedric, the Vanderbilt’s dear Saint Bernard. It coincides with the standard audio tour so families can stay together. Other audio tours worth the fee include the Architect’s Tour and the Butler’s Tour, both of which take in areas not usually open to the public. The garden walks and orchid talks in the conservatory always delight, and new educational tours give expert gardeners the chance to [... more]

Artistry, Inside and Out

The Savannah College of Art and Design has famously linked itself to the City of Savannah, Georgia, over the years by transforming historic buildings into new functions for entertainment, student life, and design studios. The new SCAD Museum of Art is no exception. The railroad depot, a Historic Landmark, now thrives as an art community with galleries, classrooms, art studios, a theater, and public spaces. I visited the museum last year and recommend first experiencing it at night. The sidewalk approach gently lights up the path while [... more]

Interactive Furniture

It’s hard for me to imagine that one of the coolest companies to offer interactive architectural experiences from furniture to installations would be based in Jackson, Mississippi. Instead, when I think of Jackson, I imagine Johnny Cash and June Carter singing the 1967 classic by that name. Nonetheless, NunoErin, a conjoined name of its founders and creative officers Nuno Goncalves Ferreira and Erin Hayne, the duo is creating some exciting objects that you actually have to play with to believe—from daylight sensored walls, to touch-sensitive LED benches [... more]

Always the Optimist

Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry, designer Smith Haynes, and architect Tim Nichols whip up an amazing experience for this classic seafood restaurant and oyster bar, named The Optimist. The design has a chic sense of nostalgia as most of the spatial inspiration came from Instagram images of seafood plans and ‘70s Venice Beach surf lifestyle. The building renovation (or more aptly, a rehabilitation) enhances the existing steel truss-work while featuring amazing new custom details such as steel windows, antique wood strips inspired by lobster traps, and glass pendants [... more]

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