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Image Avenue Mixed Use Development, Atlanta GA

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RDA's first American project is for a new mixed-use development in Atlanta, Georgia. The scheme has evolved to include an Italian Cultural Centre, studio offices, lofts and apartments arranged around a waterscaped courtyard. A further retail development comprising cafe, bar and bookstore will occupy the primary street frontage, with car parking located underground.

RDA have successfully guided the project through feasibility and initial design stages, and the development has recently been granted unconditional City Zoning Approval. Detailed design and production information are scheduled to begin soon, with commencement on site scheduled before the end of the year. Working with the client RDA have developed a building typology that follows a European rather than American model. Situated to the north of downtown Atlanta near Georgia Tech, this mixed-use development will lead the regeneration of the post-industrial city edge.

The site is on the side of a hill and takes advantage of the dramatic views back over the high-rise skyline. RDA have exploited the diversity of the brief to create a family of buildings with interstitial courtyard spaces referential to accessible public architecture. This project sees a return for Robert Dye to the USA under his own banner. Previously he designed and built two projects for James Stirling Michael Wilford Associates: The Fogg Museum extension at Harvard, and the Performing Arts Centre at Cornell.