Originally installed in 1996 for the Atlanta-hosted Olympic Games, this public space was situated in a traffic island that had fallen into disrepair in recent decades.
In 2007, Lord Aeck Sargent collaborated with the Midtown Alliance and Kimley-Horn Associates to re-envision this corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue as an iconic public plaza central to an urbanizing, and increasingly dynamic, part of the city. By reclaiming the high-speed vehicular slip line as a pedestrian zone, the space doubled in size. The material palette is a synergy of old and new, integrating granite blocks and pavers with contemporary in-ground LED lights. The design is also contextually responsive, highlighting and celebrating historic streetcar tracks discovered underground during construction.