Honor Award

Cottonwood Westside

  • Year: 2015 Residential Design Awards
  • Entry Categories: Multifamily/Mixed-Use – Over 50 Units

Cottonwood Westside

Elan Westside fills a challenging site with a dynamic new structure. The project consists of a 197 unit wood frame and epi-core apartment building located at the corner of Howell Mill and 14th street on Atlanta’s booming West Side. It anchors an important corner site in the heart of the “Westside Provisions District” – a high-end collection of shopping, dining, and entertainment options – all within a block of the building site.

The program is mixed-use, with 200,000 square feet of residential space and 15,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. Both street frontages are enlivened with active uses, encouraging foot traffic and a mix of dining and shopping offerings.

The units were in high demand and the occupancy rate is 100%. Residents enjoy amenities that include a central courtyard, pool, and club room. Most apartments also offer dramatic skyline views of the surrounding city.

Rather than succumb to the more common traditional approach or all-glass aesthetic, the exterior features a variety of natural materials including wood, stucco and brick that all serve to add an overall warmth and texture to the structure. Parking is hidden.


  • FirmChoate + Hertlein Architects
  • Project LocationAtlanta, Georgia