MODA, Atlanta, GA (3 shots)

Detail of Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA).
MODA Building, Detail. J Kearns. Sept 2012.

The Museum of Design Atlanta, at 1315 Peachtree Street across from the High. Today I was taking a few photos of a very unassuming apartment building that is on the National Register of Historic Places, and MODA is its neighbor so I thought I would take a few photos of it as well, though it was cloudless bright sunlight in the early afternoon, which is my least favorite time to every shoot. First I tried for photos I might like, such as this one, which shows the High reflected in the window. The architectural firm of Perkins+Will quietly advertises its presence in the building next some interior seating. Off to the right is currently a no-man’s land (inaccessible, cut off by a fence) of green and weeds. I’ve no idea what the plans are for it. But it’s a nice bit of urban split personality to tuck into the photo.

Urban Atlanta is still full of split personality.

MODA detail, Atlanta, GA
MODA Building, Detail. J Kearns. Sept 2012.

Wikipedia notes,

In 2011, MODA opened at its present location at 1315 Peachtree Street on the ground floor (and former parking garage) of a building restored by the architectural firm Perkins+Will. While the upper floors house Perkins+Will and the Peachtree Branch of the Atlanta Public Library, the Museum occupies 9,000 square feet (840 m2) of street-level space in the building that is LEED Platinum certified — the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Peachtree Branch of the Atlanta Public Library is most apparent on the 16th Street side with its book depositories.

MODA, Atlanta, GA.
MODA Building, Establishing Shot. J Kearns. Sept 2012.

Then, I took an establishing shot which makes the building appear tall and slender, but it has several faces. Some views, the manner in which the upper floors are set back, the lower stories become more horizontal than vertical and feel very street-level rooted.

The 61 16th Street apartment building, on the National Register of Historic Places, is located behind MODA.

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Juli Kearns

Juli Kearns is the author of Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine and Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World (or) In Search of the Great Penguin. She is also an artist/photographer, and the person behind the web alter of "Idyllopus Press".

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