Atlanta is the capital city Georgia, US. It is home to 18 out of the 20 tallest building in Georgia. The city experienced a building boom in the 1980s and mid-1990s. In fact, four of its tallest buildings were built during this period. Some of its notable skyscrapers are Bank of America Plaza, SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower and Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Tallest Buildings In Atlanta
Bank Of America Plaza
Bank of America Plaza stands at 1,023 feet above the ground making it the tallest building in Atlanta city since its completion in 1992. It ranks as the 11th tallest building in the US. The building has 55 floors above the ground, 24 elevators, and 1251 parking spaces. At the top of the building stand an open steel frame pyramid and a tapering 90 feet spire. Bank of America Plaza occupies 3.7 acres of land. The building is located at 600 Peachtree Street NE, a major street that runs through Atlanta city. It was completed within 14 months, one of the shortest construction times for a building of its size. The building is widely used for commercial offices and a few shopping spaces.
Sun Trust Plaza is the second tallest building in Atlanta city at the height of 869 feet. It is the 21st tallest building in the US. It is located at 303 Peachtree Street NE nearby the tallest building in Atlanta, Bank of America Plaza. The building has 60 floors above the ground. It was initially referred to as One Peachtree Center, then part of the building was sold to Sun Trust Bank, and the name changed to Sun Trust Plaza. Its construction started in 1989, and it was completed in 1992. It was among several buildings struck by the Atlanta tornado in March 2008. However, it only sustained minor damage such as broken windows. Peregrine falcons inhabit in a planter on one of the balconies in Sun Trust Plaza.
One Atlantic Center
One Atlantic Center is the third tallest building in Atlanta at the height of 820 feet. It is also referred to as IBM tower. It is located in Midtown Atlanta, on 1201 West Peachtree Street NW. It was Atlanta's tallest building between 1987 and 1992 when Bank of America Plaza took over. The building has 50 floors, and each floor houses up to eight corner offices.
191 Peachtree Tower
191 Peachtree Tower is fourth among the tallest buildings in Atlanta at the height of 771 feet. The building won the BOMA awards in 1991 and 1998 for the Building of the Year. It is located in Downtown Atlanta on 191 Peachtree Street Northeast. The building has 50 floors above the ground, 27 elevators, and 1275 parking spaces. It is modeled into a twin tower design with each tower having a crown at the top. The building stands on the site of the former Hotel Majestic, a famous hotel in the early 20th century Atlanta.
Westin Peachtree Plaza
Fifth among the tallest buildings in Atlanta is the Westin Peachtree Plaza. It has a height of 723 feet. It if found on 210 Peachtree Street NW in downtown Atlanta. It was the tallest building in Atlanta from its completion in 1976 to 1987 when One Atlantic Center took the crown. It is an all-hotel building with 73 floors above the ground, 15 elevators, and 1,000 parking spaces. The building has a cylindrical shape with an 188 feet diameter. Westin Peachtree Plaza suffered significant damage after the March 14, 2008, Atlanta tornado. Over 100 windows were damaged, and the top of the building swayed a few feet.
Atlanta city has the ninth largest metro area in the US. It is occupied by thousands of buildings. In spite of the city's architectural achievements the city has retained its beautiful vegetation. A quote in the National Geographic magazine stated that "Atlanta is surprisingly lush with trees—magnolias, dogwoods, Southern pines, and magnificent oaks." The city has been named ‘A place of a lifetime' by the National Geographic magazine.