Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Another Architectural Wonder: Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta

312 meters/1,023 feet
55 floors
Completed in 1992
Designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo

This skyscraper of more than 50 stories is clad in granite. A large plaza is part of the bank development and the tower is set at an angle to the street. Elegant details and set backs with beveled corners distinguish this beautiful skyscraper. Like traditional skyscrapers, this tower has a tripartite structure with distinct base, shaft and top. The pyramidal top echoes the Atlantic Center, a somewhat earlier (1987) Johnson/Burgee skyscraper in Midtown Atlanta. Crowning the building is a stepped pyramid formed from an open steel frame that tapers to a 90-foot high spire. Four hundred and five square feet of the spire is applied with 23-karat gold leaf.

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