One Museum Place, Atlanta - Cupaclad

Location: Atlanta, GA
Product: Cupaclad
Design By: Mack Scogin Merril Elam Architects
Application: Exterior Facade
Industry: Civil

Located at Atlanta’s arts district, 1301 Peachtree Street, right across from the High Museum of Art; One Museum Place has become the leading art museum in the Southeast U.S. and one of the most visited art museums worldwide.

An architectural masterpiece, One Museum Place, is 215,000 square foot divided into two five-story buildings that house 44 custom residences. The exterior facades combine several cladding materials, but Cupaclad® natural slate covers most of the building's exterior. The team behind construction was developer John Wieland, Mack Scogin Merril Elam Architects, and General Contractor Brasfield & Gorrie.

The unique exterior facade and the overall design of the structures have transformed the One Museum Place into an iconic view in Atlanta's Midtown. The exterior facade combines three different slate patterns. The architect of the project explains the complexity of this design:

“For One Museum Place, the combination of three cladding materials required three trades to coordinate methods, material interfaces, material terminations, etc. Three different slate patterns were used on the project in response to building geometry and desired textures.”

Most of the units have a private elevator that opens directly into their dwelling, along with a garage inside the building’s secured parking garage. The units located on the top floor even have their own private rooftop terrace.

In 1989, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects was one of the first architectural firms in America to embrace the usage of rainscreens, when few people knew the significant benefits of rainscreen systems. Amid the variety of rainscreens available, the architect was sure that natural slate was the best choice for this project.

Throughout history, the slate has proved its durability and endurance as a building material. It performs wonderfully in any kind of weather. That is why Cupaclad® natural rainscreen cladding system was a perfect fit for the project, both from design and technical standpoints.