Green Urban Park Floating Above a Highway Unifies Buckhead Neighborhood in Atlanta

Green Urban Park Floating Above a Highway Unifies Buckhead Neighborhood in Atlanta, Aerial view looking south at dusk. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz
Aerial view looking south at dusk. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects have released preliminary designs for a new park floating above a divisive highway and commuter rail line in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. A 2,400-foot-long elevated traverse, Buckhead Park Over GA400 aims to bring the community together with safe, convenient access to the amenities and cultural attractions in Buckhead.

Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from Peachtree looking northCourtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from PATH400 looking southCourtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from plaza looking southAerial view looking toward Downtown Atlanta. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz+9

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View from allee looking north. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

View from allee looking north. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

Lined by shade trees spanning the full length of the elevated traverse, the park itself provides a specialized experience to its visitors. The north end includes a common area complete with an intimate amphitheater suitable for both formal and casual gatherings. A plaza in the heart of the park features retail, restaurants, and MARTA rail access. On the southern end is a garden oasis that will help mitigate the urban heat-island effect. The park will also add a destination to PATH400, a multipurpose recreational and commuter greenway trail running along the spine of GA400.

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Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from Peachtree looking north

Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from Peachtree looking north

The design endeavors to improve the quality of life in Buckhead, such as by boosting the city’s walkability. With extensive pedestrian paths linking the park to neighboring streets, Buckhead Park Over GA400 encourages city dwellers to use the park as they travel between work, home, and leisure. Custom-engineered stormwater capture systems will sustainably irrigate the gardens, while native Atlanta flora will minimize maintenance while maximizing aesthetic impact.

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View from Peachtree looking east. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

View from Peachtree looking east. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

We truly feel we have struck the right balance with this initial design to make big change with artfully-considered efforts, said Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, founding partner of Rogers Partners. We see Buckhead leading a national trend to create value, enhance quality of life, and improve connectivity by constructing inspired public spaces.

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Aerial view looking toward Downtown Atlanta. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

Aerial view looking toward Downtown Atlanta. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

The Buckhead Community Improvement District board will review community feedback and discuss the next phase of the project in October. Read more about the design here.

News via: RogersPartners

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