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W Downtown Atlanta Hotel & Residences
Atlanta, Georgia
430,000 gsf
Client: Barry Real Estate Companies
Architect of Record: HKS
Status: Design Development
The W Downtown Atlanta Hotel & Residences continues Allen Plaza's contribution to the ongoing renaissance of downtown Atlanta. The 236 key hotel is topped by 83 condominium residences including six spectacular double height duplex penthouses. Sited adjacent to the regional headquarters of Ernst & Young, the W Hotel completes the gateway to downtown Atlanta. This large scale urban development includes the world's largest aquarium, residential towers and premier tourist attractions for the southeastern United States. Allen Plaza's mixed use program is perfectly tailored to engage the lively surrounding mix of residential, office and retail venues adding to the vibrant revitalization of Atlanta's downtown core.
 

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You know, that looks pretty good. But IIRC, it looks strikingly similar to the W at Victory in Dallas...not a bad thing though. :)
 

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W's (and ST. Regis)to get big time restaurants

Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Catterton Partners Announce New Multi-Concept Restaurant Business; Jean Georges to Develop Restaurant Concepts for Starwood Hotels Around the Globe

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. May 31, 2006


Internationally acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his partner Phil Suarez, hospitality leader Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and leading consumer-focused private equity firm Catterton Partners today announced that they have partnered to create an international, upscale, multi-concept restaurant and licensing business.

The new company will develop, own, operate, manage and license world-class restaurants created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, including the highly successful Spice Market restaurant located in New York City, plus new to-be-developed multi-unit Jean-Georges restaurant concepts. Acclaimed by critics as "formidably gifted" and a "residential genius," Jean-Georges is one of the world's most celebrated chefs, currently holding an unprecedented total of 20 stars from The New York Times for his seven New York City restaurants. In addition, his Jean-Georges restaurant was recently awarded three coveted Michelin stars.

The new company will serve as a third party development arm for restaurant concepts in Starwood's upper-upscale and luxury hotel brands including W, Westin, Le Meridien and St. Regis.
 

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GAtoCA said:
You know, that looks pretty good. But IIRC, it looks strikingly similar to the W at Victory in Dallas...not a bad thing though. :)
Others have made that comment but I really don't think they're all that similar except for the balcony thing in the middle.



I wish they had done a little more at the top of the Atlanta building.
 

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A few points:

All of the buildings in the Allen Plaza complex have flat roofs. Architecture goes through phases and right now pointy tops are out of favor. Given the height to footprint ratio of these buildings, flat roofs are probably best.

The site of the W Hotel will be the northwest corner of Ivan Allen Blvd (formerly Alexander Street) and Spring Street. The other end of the block will have the regional Ernst & Young headquarters. The site is downtown and overlooks the connector right as it goes into the Grady Curve.

Is it tall? Well, tall is a relative term. Compared to BofA, no, it's not tall. Compared to the two story building it replaces, it's quite tall. Given what's planned for the neighborhood, it will be of average height compared to the other new buildings.
 

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AubieTurtle said:
A few points:

All of the buildings in the Allen Plaza complex have flat roofs. Architecture goes through phases and right now pointy tops are out of favor. Given the height to footprint ratio of these buildings, flat roofs are probably best.

The site of the W Hotel will be the northwest corner of Ivan Allen Blvd (formerly Alexander Street) and Spring Street. The other end of the block will have the regional Ernst & Young headquarters. The site is downtown and overlooks the connector right as it goes into the Grady Curve.

Is it tall? Well, tall is a relative term. Compared to BofA, no, it's not tall. Compared to the two story building it replaces, it's quite tall. Given what's planned for the neighborhood, it will be of average height compared to the other new buildings.
My comment about the top of the building was not referring to the shape of the building but merely that I think it could use some sort of detail at the top.
 

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When is site preparation for the W supposed to start and if it has started, when is it expected to be completed? Also, has the St Regis started site prep? :)
 

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The architects have tweaked the design of W at 45 Allen Plaza. The underground parking is currently u/c. The tower portion will begin in Q/1 07.

 
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