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Cooper Carry-Designed AC Hotel in Atlanta Opens

ATLANTA—The AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza recently opened; the six-story hotel was designed by Atlanta-based Cooper Carry. According to the firm, it designed the 166-key property with a timeless and classic sophistication that complements nearby Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza.

“There has been tremendous growth and transformation in Buckhead over recent years,” said Bob Neal, a principal in Cooper Carry’s Hospitality Studio. “The hotel design reflects its upscale surroundings and lifestyles of those frequenting the thriving corner of Peachtree Rd. and Wieuca Rd. We think of it as the little black dress or navy suit adjacent to the high-end world of fashion.”

The AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza features sustainable technology solutions, including View Dynamic Glass, which reduces energy consumption, especially during peak times, by approximately 20%. View Dynamic Glass relies on a 360-degree photo sensor on the roof to measure the sun’s intensity. The glass is made of “smart layers” of glazing composed of metal oxide. The sensor sends a low voltage electrical current to the glass, which excites the metal oxide ions and causes the levels of tinting to change for greatest efficiency.

In addition, the window tinting in the AC Kitchen, AC Lounge, meeting rooms, boardroom and the suites can be controlled manually using an app. Guests will also be able to check in through their mobile device and receive their room keys via phone. 

Cooper Carry’s design features modern colors with European style and a Spanish influence. The hotel offers a few deconstructed king rooms, which integrate the bedroom and bathroom in one space. In these rooms, the toilet and shower have private entrances, but the sink is open to the rest of the room with a mirror providing some distinction.

“These rooms resonate with today’s traveler,” said Neal. “Oftentimes, guests would rather work from bed than from a desk, and they rarely use closet space. They also want easy access to get ready at the sink and mirror, so we catered to their mindset and infused a European designer’s eye for style throughout the project.”

Amenities include an AC Library, AC Lounge, AC Kitchen, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor heated whirlpool. The AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza is a joint venture by Noble Investment Group (“Noble”) and Simon. 

Over the last year, the corner the hotel is located on has undergone various modernization and new construction projects. Simon Property Group recently renovated the interior and exterior facades of Phipps Plaza. Cooper Carry led the interior repositioning. The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry is also working on the new Ecco restaurant by Fifth Group Restaurants, which will go next to the new AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza and open mid-2017.