John Portman was a prolific architect who left a deep mark on the Atlanta landscape and many word capitals. Portman was praised for his cinematic interiors that artfully related interior space and elements to the individual. Since I am located in Atlanta, I was very curious to see this particular Portman’s building because it transports you to a different time and space. It’s marvelous when you can time travel through architecture.
John Portman – Marriott Marquis Indoors
The inside of Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis is incredibly exciting. Depending on where you stand in a central atrium provides a very different experience. For instance, at eye level, it looks interesting and modern. The views up from the lobby floor or from the top floor looking down however are what makes this hotel so spectacular.
Sometimes eyes cannot comprehend what they see especially from the still image. The power of architecture is how it makes us feel. This fantastic hotel feels surreal. It evokes a sense of wonder. Imagine what it took to make this complex structure?
Passion for Architecture
My passion for architecture came suddenly in my lifelong appreciation of the arts. Taking these hypnotic pictures brought me so much joy. It is simply astounding what the human mind can conceive.
It’s fascinating that when you look up, a whole new world opens to you. All at once there is a hunger to explore the different views and possibilities of the space. The complexity and futuristic beauty of this hotel’s interior are magnificent. I always ponder about the creative process and how it feels to see it once it is built. Then the building takes a life of its own and belongs to the people.
About Marriott Marquis
The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a 53-story, 168.86 m (554.0 ft) hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the 14th tallest skyscraper in the city. The building was completed in 1985, and yet it still looks so futuristic!
The Marriott Marquis’s most prominent and iconic feature is its picturesque large atrium. It was the largest in the world upon its completion in 1985, at 470 feet (143 m) high. The atrium spans the entire height of the building and consists of two vertical chambers divided by elevator shafts and bridges. Later on, Burj Al Arab broke this record in Dubai.
Notable Filming Locations
In the Hunger Games films (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1), a few scenes of the Capitol’s tribute center were filmed here. The 2012 movie Flight shot some scenes in the hotel during filming as well. Back in 1986, the movie Manhunter briefly shows some scenes from the atrium. You can find more of his film locations here.
About John Portman
John Portman was an American neo-futuristic architect. He popularized hotels and office buildings with multi-storied interior atria. His impact is greatest on his hometown of Atlanta which has many of his landmark projects.
His love of art is evident in all that he did. He supported the arts, he collected art. And, he was also a painter and sculptor. Portman was committed to incorporating art into all his projects.
I had a wonderful opportunity to see at the High Museum of Art his exhibition – John Portman: Art & Architecture. The exhibition included approximately fifty-five works. Most of them have never been exhibited in public.
Enjoy learning more about Portman’s architecture on his website.