Ben Carter Properties has offered a sneak peek at the architecture planned for the retail storefronts at The Streets of Buckhead, which the developer and architects say were created with “an eye toward seamless integration into the existing fabric of surrounding Buckhead neighborhoods.”
“We’re spending a lot of money trying to create a really distinctive architecture and look,” developer Ben Carter said. “Our inspirations were Madison and Fifth avenues in New York, for both the look of the architecture and the mix of retailers and restaurants.”
The architectural firm is Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart of Atlanta..
According to the developer, buildings and retail storefronts at The Streets of Buckhead will employ several architectural styles that recall the history of Atlanta and other American cities. The designs for retail streetscapes and high-rises “employ the use of stately columns, intricate stone bases, grand porticos and a monumental scale that is reflective of the Neoclassical style of architecture first made popular by Thomas Jefferson and later the signature architectural style of business districts of American cities at the turn of the last century.”
In Atlanta,.Neoclassical architecture was used most notably in such structures as the state Capitol, the Academy of Medicine building in Midtown (designed by 20th-century Atlanta architect Philip Schutze) and numerous residences in Buckhead.
Other parts of the development will employ architectural touches similar to the industrial-age buildings of New York’s SoHo District, with iron detailing replacing stonework, a greater use of glass and an appearance that is lighter in quality.
“The styles are designed to mesh and create a rich, historically inspired architectural framework that will appear to have developed over a period of decades and is the perfect backdrop for the luxury retailers and restaurants,” the developer said.