Merit Award

The Garden Room

  • Year: 2022 Hospitality Design Awards
  • Entry Categories: Restaurant – New Construction

The Garden Room

The design challenge for this project was to enclose an existing 3,000-square-foot exterior terrace to create an indoor/ outdoor extension of the luxury hotel’s existing restaurant as part of this iconic Atlanta hotel’s multimillion-dollar renovation. The desire was for the space to be used year-round with operable windows and doors to fully open during nice weather. The result is a unique, romantic conservatory space with an arched glass-and-steel enclosure, including operable sliding windows surrounding the perimeter to effectively blur the lines of an indoor/outdoor experience. The new space includes a whimsical oval bar with an artistic up lit tree anchoring the back bar. Lounge and dining seating is cleverly scattered throughout the tree cover.

The design was inspired by the hotel’s legacy of luxury, the opulence of Buckhead and Atlanta’s moniker of being a city in a forest. The Garden Room’s design marries a modern, maximalist approach, with a lush greenhouse of whimsical plants and artforms, such as two poodles made of moss, an antique wooden horse, and a glass DJ booth for late-night soirées. Everything about The Garden Room is fantastical including the abundance of florals, decorative fringe on settees, lanterns in the trees and striking colors. The result is an over-the-top experience that provides a must-see destination for locals and travelers alike.

  • FirmThe Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry
  • Project LocationAtlanta, Georgia
  • Completion DateOctober 1, 2019
  • OwnerTavistock Restaurant Collection
  • Architects and Designers Anita Summers, AIA, NCARB
    Amanda Kauffmann, NCIDQ

  • MEP EngineerRMF Engineering
  • Structural EngineerBrowder & Leguizamon
  • General ContractorMalone Construction
  • Additional ConsultantsOwner: Tavistock Restaurant Collection
    General Contractor: Malone Construction
  • PhotographyMia Yakel