Rogers Partners is working with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects to design an innovative on-structure nine-acre park that will be interwoven over the GA400 freeway. Slicing through the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, the freeway has fragmented the community for many years. Buckhead Park Over GA400 will physically reconnect this neighborhood known for high-end development, malls, and traffic congestion while providing multiple benefits and much-needed park space. The park design provides distinct experiences, including a commons for picnics and casual gatherings, a grand plaza with vibrant edges, and lush gardens for immersive nature and art walks. Spanning the length of the park, an allée of high-canopied pines provides a defining structural element to the space. The park is conceived as a model for the multimodal future of Atlanta, improving walkability and access to commuter rail transportation and encouraging non-motorized traffic into and across the park through activated pedestrian paths. Once complete, Buckhead Park Over GA400 will raise the profile of Atlanta as a visionary 21st-century metropolis, becoming a signature element of the city that will contribute to both the local economy and the quality of life, much like the famed linear parks of Paris and New York.
Location Atlanta, GA
Local Architect ASD | Sky
Landscape Architect Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Project Team Coxe Curry and Associates, Ernst and Young, ETM Associates, Guy Nordenson and Associates, HR&A Advisors, Renfro Design Group, Sherwood Design Engineers, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Category Planning, Landscape
2017 AIANY Design Awards