One Atlantic Center
One Atlantic Center
One Atlantic Center is located in Atlanta Midtown
One Atlantic Center
location in Midtown Atlanta
Alternative namesIBM Tower
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location1201 West Peachtree Street
Coordinates33°47′13″N 84°23′14″W / 33.786944°N 84.387222°W / 33.786944; -84.387222
Construction started1986
OwnerAC Property Owner LP
ManagementAC Property Owner LP
Roof250 m (820 ft)
Technical details
Floor count50
Floor area1,098,705 sq ft (102,073.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Johnson/Burgee Architects
Heery International, Inc.
DeveloperPrentiss Properties
Main contractorThe Beck Group

One Atlantic Center, also known as IBM Tower, is a skyscraper located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. It is the third tallest building in Atlanta.


It is the third-tallest in Atlanta, reaching a height of 820 feet (250 m) with 50 stories of office space with a total building area of 1,187,676 sq.ft.[5] When the slender concrete core was completed in October 1986, it was the tallest slipformed skyscraper in the country.[6] It was completed in 1987 and remained the tallest building in Atlanta until 1992, when it was surpassed by the Bank of America Plaza, which was built on the northern edge of Downtown adjacent to Midtown. It was also the tallest building in the southeastern U.S. at the time of completion, surpassing the Southeast Financial Center in Miami. In the 1990's IBM, along with other large corporations, changed financial focus to leverage assets and decrease real estate holdings. IBM sold this property, along with others.


The building was commissioned by Prentiss Properties as a southeastern headquarters for IBM, a company responsible for many notable skyscrapers of the 1980s. Aside from introducing Atlanta to the postmodern architectural idiom of the 80s, this tower is notable for essentially creating what is now the Midtown commercial district. Located at the then-remote corner of 14th and West Peachtree Street over a mile from Downtown, this building nevertheless opened nearly fully occupied and thus attracted developers to Midtown.


The design of the building was influenced by the Tribune Tower in Chicago, which is most evident in the base of the building as well as the main body.[7][8][9] The building's exterior is clad in pink Spanish granite and culminates in a copper pyramidal top with a gold peak. The design includes gothic flourishes, most noticeably below the copper top of the building. At night the peak and ridges along the top are illuminated brightly, creating a glowing effect.

Other phases

It was joined in 2001 by the much shorter Regions Plaza building, which bears similar postmodern design and was constructed across the street as the second phase of the Atlantic Center development. Atlantic Center Plaza's design and architecture are so similar, it has affectionately become known in Atlanta as the "Mini Me" building, named after the comical dwarfish clone of Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies.[citation needed]


One Atlantic Center was designed by Johnson/Burgee Architects. As associate architect, Heery International, Inc. produced the contract documents. Both Atlantic Center Towers were constructed by HCBeck, now known as The Beck Group.

Major tenants

See also


  1. ^ "Emporis building ID 121138". Emporis. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  2. ^ One Atlantic Center at Glass Steel and Stone (archived)
  3. ^ "One Atlantic Center". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ One Atlantic Center at Structurae
  5. ^ "One Atlantic Center". CrediFi. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  7. ^ Goldberger, Paul (8 May 1988). "ARCHITECTURE VIEW; American Gothic Rides High in Atlanta's I.B.M. Building". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "One Atlantic Center". 5 March 2015.
  9. ^ "One Atlantic Center, Atlanta | 121138". Emporis. 1985-05-07. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved 2022-05-02.