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Photo tour: L.O.A. is a rooftop attraction like Atlanta’s never seen

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About half of West Midtown’s $ 450 million LOA social complex tour with interlock development, Mandislator covered his eyes from the boiling afternoon sun and screamed indignantly, “It’s a kind of big. It’s a job. ”

It’s an understatement. The 38,000-square-foot LOA concept (short for Leave Of Absence), claimed as Atlanta’s ultimate rooftop experience (at least for adults), is more than four years old and weeks old.

Slater is a co-founder and creative director of Slater Hospitality, the company behind Ponce City Market’s tourist destinations. roof And in the future Space above 222 Mitchellville in downtown. When the busy last-minute details were hashed and the last box was unpacked, she wasn’t half the size of the PCM roof, but somehow felt big on the first media tour of the multifaceted attraction Urbanize Atlanta. I guided you.

Cruise ship-inspired stairs lead to an elevated lounge area that introduces the dramatic changes in the former industrial area of ​​the century. Josh Green / Urbanize Atlanta

Opening in mid-June, LOA is free to visit, but is always limited to 21 years and older. Most are night destinations, with the exception of the pool zone, which is open for lunch (one of four including the outdoor event pavilion). And as Slater points out, LOA takes inspiration from the garden lounges of Mikonos, the cabanas of Monaco, and even the decks of cruise ships to take full advantage of all the square feet available on the rooftops of SJC Ventures development. Did.

With a refreshing shaded arcade and endless-looking seating options, the LOA can accommodate up to 1,000 people at a time (plus an army of 200 employees eventually hired). Each space has a relaxed, rewarding and fugitive atmosphere, much like a luxury and friendly European beach villa on the hills of Howell Mill Road. There are plenty of fresh 360-degree perspectives on the ever-changing Atlanta. It’s like the rooftop of Hotel Clermont, the former W of Backhead, and a luxurious Midtown apartment in one place.

“We’ve been inspired a lot by the places we’ve been to, the coastal towns of Miami, and even LA. We’ve pulled a bit from here, but it’s not one,” Slater said. increase. “Maybe some places [in Atlanta] There is one component, but it’s not that big and not all at once. “

The LOA is near Interlock’s main parking garage entrance and does not need to be booked for those who want to guarantee dinner and poolside spots to the main restaurant space. Slater states that her team first proposed the idea of ​​adopting the entire rooftop of the interlock in late 2017 and started construction by the end of 2019, but will be delayed by one year due to COVID-19. only. Construction resumed in earnest in July, but supply shortages (mainly furniture and finishing) and other delays were consistent obstacles.

“I feel like it’s really better than I imagined,” says Slater. “I spent a lot of time wisely using the space. It’s beautiful and I’m really excited to provide Atlanta with a prestigious space and experience.”

See for yourself on the photo tour of the gallery above.

•• Rendering: Offices set to continue vertical growth in West Midtown (Urbanization of Atlanta)

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