Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

Originally built in the early 1950s by Atlanta architect James C. Wise, the post-war efficiency apartment building has been restored to its previous mid-century modern style after previous renovations converted the building into senior housing and condominium units. Located near Buckhead Village, the SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson design team transformed the condominium units into a 216-key hotel that now features a restaurant and bar, courtyard dining, a private pool, and a rooftop lounge.

As part of this historic renovation, the original corridors and circulation cores were maintained, and the 216 guestrooms were configured to closely align with the footprint of the initial 1950’s apartments. The existing single-pane aluminum windows were refurbished, and large openings in the brick façade that had been cut-in for HVAC units were carefully toothed back. The entire exterior received a fresh coat of white paint, with light gray accentuating the horizontal elements of concrete brows and sills that trim the windows. At the rooftop, the previous deck was expanded by converting an abandoned mechanical penthouse into a colorful bar venue with roll-up doors and sweeping views of the Buckhead neighborhood.

The preservation of expansive landscaped areas, dining patios, and secret gardens surround the property, each with substantial hundred-year oak and magnolia trees providing canopy above. The seclusion offers a respite from the bustle of Buckhead, yet the property still engages with the urban fabric through the addition of two grand stairs connecting the sidewalk to the south entrance, which is under an existing concrete canopy. A restaurant occupies the same space as one did through the 1970s, with a new romantic dining patio overlooking East Paces Ferry.

The new porte-cochere on the east façade protects hotel guests’ arrival with a prominent steel and polycarbonate canopy inspired by angled canopies of the mid-century modern era. Guests enter through the original vestibule with new stained-glass windows and are met with an inviting living room area featuring a fireplace and views into the courtyard bar. That “secret garden” provides covered dining beneath a steel canopy and pergola, or intimate seating arrangements interspersed throughout the winding landscape paths.

The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel is an award-winning project for adaptive reuse and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wylie Hotel

Reimagining The 1929 Garner Wallace Hotel

Originally built in the 1920s as a small, ‘stop-over’ hotel along Downtown Atlanta’s early streetcar line, 551 Ponce Hotel returned the front historic portion of the building into a vibrant neighborhood restaurant/bar with rejuvenated guestrooms in the Old Fourth Ward. To the rear, a new five-level addition added 100 guestrooms to the boutique hotel above an under-building garage. Key features include a new glass-enclosed front porch dining room addition with a second-floor roof terrace. Guestrooms on the fifth floor have private terraces overlooking Ponce City Market, located a half a block away.

Hilton Garden Inn & Park Pavilion

Activating The Retail Experience

In an effort to activate the street level retail experience of a five acre, mixed-use development, SSOE designed this 14-story, 242-room hotel as part of the Park Pavillion in Atlanta’s Luckie Marietta District.

Creating More Entertainment

The entertainment block also features a 700-car parking deck, 25,000 square feet of retail at street level and a 6,000 square foot, Legal Sea Foods restaurant on the second level.

Signature Rooftop Event Space

Signature rooftop event space sits atop the building’s prominent corner across from the Park and the Georgia Aquarium which is served by a glass enclosed, sidewalk elevator. Located adjacent to the Centennial Park District, this project anchors a prominent corner of this revitalized commercial district.

The Ellis Hotel

Renovation Design

Our design team completed the renovation design of this historic 1913 hotel in downtown Atlanta. The project revitalizes the once posh Hotel Winecoff into a boutique-style 127-room hotel.

Historic Layout

Maintaining the historic layout, the floor plan incorporates ten rooms per floor. The exterior was restored to it’s original grandeur with cast stone and new historically compatible storefront on the street facades.

Multi-Functional Spaces

The reconstruction of the “air terrace” over the Peachtree Street sidewalk provides a wide, multi-function outdoor dining space adjacent to the food and beverage areas on the second floor.

The Glenn Hotel

Extensive Renovations

Under the threat of demolition only a few years ago, Downtown Atlanta’s historic  Glenn office building reopened as the cosmopolitan  Glenn  Hotel following extensive renovations. The 80-year old, 10-story building has added a new rear entry courtyard and a private second story terrace.

Striking Views

A roof-top patio bar with glass railings was added, taking advantage of the striking views of Midtown Atlanta to the north and Downtown Atlanta to the east.

Compatible Systems

All new systems were provided and windows were replaced with historically compatible, insulated units. A second exit stair was added by cutting through the existing slabs. The limestone and brick facades were cleaned and repointed.

Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park

Prominent Downtown Hotel

In conjunction with the Centennial Park West Condominiums, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Park Deli, our firm, with May & Pinska, designed this prominent hotel in downtown Atlanta.

First Phase Of Master Plan

The 321 room, all-suites hotel was the first phase of a five-acre master planned development adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park.

Eight-Story Atrium

The hotel consists of a full height, eight-story interior atrium with retail and restaurant amenities fronting the streets and park.

Marriot Residence Inn Downtown

1929 Historic Building Conversion

SSOE provided design services for the conversion of a 1929 historic office building in downtown Atlanta, into an 160-room, all-suites, Marriott Residence Inn. The project includes a new exit stair, all new building systems and suites with full kitchens. This landmark historic structure was the tallest building in Atlanta from 1929 into the 1950’s. It has a notable hand-painted mural ceiling in the main ground floor elevator lobby that has been carefully restored.