Legendary Architect-Developer Unveils Mixed-Use Project In Atlanta

Architect-developer John C. Portman, Jr. makes his latest mark on the energy and resurgent vitality of Atlanta’s central core with the opening of 230 Peachtree, a mixed-use redevelopment project that includes the new Hotel Indigo® Atlanta Downtown, 290,000 square-feet of office space and JP Atlanta, Portman’s new fine-dining restaurant created in the tradition of his legendary Midnight Sun—which provided downtown Atlanta with a global dining experience for decades. The building is a signature Portman property—originally offices, designed and built as part of Peachtree Center a half-century ago. 230 Peachtree brings to Peachtree Center and the central business district a distinctive property born of timeless design. It is the latest in the aesthetic continuum Portman created with the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, all of which he designed and built over a 48-year span to answer and advance downtown Atlanta’s surging demand for hotel facilities serving the city’s explosive convention trade and the growing global customer base of AmericasMart Atlanta, the wholesale trade mart/trade show complex which he also designed, built and continues to own. With the opening of the building, the central business district gains 206 guest rooms and suites through InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) newly opened Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown, as well as a world-class restaurant, all connected to AmericasMart’s 7.1 million-square foot campus by a stunning new skylight corridor and adjacent to the Peachtree Center MARTA Station. The building’s plaza is anchored by yet another Portman contribution to Atlanta’s public art. Belle is a modern, abstract sculpture by artist John Portman, inspired by the female form. Cast in chrome and mounted on a granite pedestal, Belle addresses Peachtree Street with natural grace and charm. “It is a unique experience to be able to revisit a building designed at the beginning of one’s career,” said architect and developer John C. Portman, Jr. “I feel quite fortunate to once again be able to contribute to the evolution of downtown Atlanta. This building with its revitalized plaza and one-of-a-kind connection to AmericasMart will serve so many people coming into the heart of our city.” Lijian Chen, CEO of COS Capital, the co-investor in the redevelopment, said “We are extremely proud to be a partner in this project with Portman. The beautifully designed new hotel and restaurant will clearly contribute to the revitalization of downtown Atlanta, and preliminary hotel bookings and interest in the office space and restaurant indicate that the financial performance of the property will be very strong.” The Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown lobby welcomes guests with a spiral glass staircase accented with sleek, steel railings. The legendary Portman style is incorporated into...

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