Surrounded by suburban office parks in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Riverside uses building types to skillfully blend office, residential, and retail uses on the same streets, at densities many times greater than those of adjacent developments.
To achieve densities of 72 units to the net acre and to accommodate office and retail uses, it was necessary to incorporate structured parking into the building types and site plan. At Riverside, parking structures are hidden from view by buildings or are incorporated into mid-block conditions. On-street parking is also provided. The parking plan is oriented around the commercial layout, with street retail positioned to capture the pedestrian traffic traveling between the parking decks and offices.
The architecture was coded within the plan so that multiple designers could be chosen to develop buildings without compromising the overall harmony and character of the project. To be successful, the code demanded attention to design details at the level of the building floor plan. The main square at Riverside provides a strong sense of place in the midst of the typical suburban office parks and apartment complexes that populate the region. It has become a source of pride for locals, serving as a popular gathering place during evenings and weekends.
Built in one extended phase, the project has fully leased all retail, office, and residential units.