Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award

In 2006, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) created the Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award (ADDEA) to recognize newly created or renovated Downtown spaces that demonstrate distinction in design. With the significant amount of investment in Downtown buildings, CAP intends to showcase the stellar projects that make the community architecturally and spatially unique. ADDEA recognizes achievement in three categories: Community/Residential, Office and Restaurant/Bar/Retail. 

2012 Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award
presented in partnership with Atlanta Magazine

Awards were presented on November 7, 2012 during the 10th annual Downtown Development Day.

2012 Winners:

Community/Residential:  Living Walls, The City Speaks
Living Walls, The City Speaks, is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010. Along with changing the urban landscape, the Living Walls conference set out to highlight a number of problems facing the city. Living Walls did not just showcase art, but also built a platform for much-needed dialogue in the city. The 2012 conference featured 26 artists who visually activated Atlanta’s urban landscape in the world’s first all-female street art conference. The five-day conference included film screenings, lectures, block parties, gallery exhibits and bike tours. Artists Gaia, Nanook, KnowHope, Martina Merlini, Neuzz, Sten and Lex created various murals along Edgewood Avenue. 

Office: breensmith Advertising
Once the tallest, thinnest building in the world, the Hillyer Trust Company opened with eight stories in 1912. In 1985, then-owners Citizens and Southern Bank donated the property to the Atlanta Historical Society. The building was then leased for 25 years and slowly fell into disrepair. In 2011, new owners breensmith Advertising took down drywall and opened up the small rooms. The only bathroom in the building was removed and the old elevator shaft was opened to create bathrooms on two floors and a breakroom on another. The removal of mildewed carpet revealed original tile, pine and hickory floors that were restored. 

Restaurant/Bar: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
In July 2012, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails opened in the heart of Atlanta.  Three years in the making, this southern-inspired restaurant is rooted in the desire of owner Cindy and Alan LeBlanc to build a restaurant that respects the quiet complexities of the South. The 300-seat restaurant comprises three dining rooms: The Lookout Room, Chapter and Verse, and The Distillery Room, as well as a 110-seat bar.  The interior design plays on the subtle balance of sophistication and approachability with materials both modern and rustic.  Local artisans assisted in the design process, bringing their sensitivities to the combination of steel, wood, glass and finishes, while Square Foot Studio provided architectural services for the project.

The award winners were determined by a panel of judges including design, planning, and development experts, and, just as important, YOU. Public opinion is one of the factors that the judges considered in selecting the winners.