January 10, 08
38 Story Aquarius Tower Has 60 Wind Turbines and Solar Roof

Lily Development LLC has announced development plans for Aquarius Tower, a $60-million, 38-story, environmentally friendly condominium complex in the city's downtown. Aquarius Tower will be the first condominium project in Georgia to incorporate solar and wind energy into its design.

The 240,000-sq.-ft. tower is being built to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, but the project team will determine whether to apply for the certification at a later date.

The tower’s rooftop solar panels will be designed to harness the power of the sun, and state-of-the-art 60 wind turbines will channel high winds into usable energy. The project will utilized recycled building materials and thermally efficient products.

The tower’s mast-like frame will complement the nearby aquarium’s boat-shaped design while providing all condos with southern exposure and unobstructed views of Centennial Olympic Park.

One-, two- and three-bedroom units will range from 850 to 2,100 square feet, and from the $300,000s to the $900,000s. Penthouses will range from $1 to $2.5 million. They will feature 10-ft.-high ceilings; floor-to-ceiling windows; sliding walls; hardwood floors; stainless steel appliances; maple or cherry cabinetry; granite countertops; ceramic tiling; private balconies; walk-in closets; high-speed Internet wiring and wireless capability; pre-wiring for surround sound; and individual storage space.

According to Escandari, Aquarius Tower is where urban living, technology and nature can exist together in harmony. “Homes can be more than just functional; they can reflect each owner’s desire to preserve the environment while being contemporary, distinctive and cutting-edge,” Escandari added.

Residents will have access to a pool; two-story sundeck overlooking a park; spa; fitness center; event and club lounge; media room; board room; guest suite; and 24-hour concierge services. In addition, homeowners will experience Georgia’s first automated, underground valet parking service. Popularized in Europe and the Far East, this system is said to reduce garage space, eliminate the risk of vehicle damage and theft, and reduce pollution.