The Monroe


Client: Colonial Homes Apartment Community

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Status: Built


  • Worked with Pollack Shares to provide landscape master planning and design services for redevelopment
  • Project scope included the design of pool amenity area, public open space park adjacent to the BeltLine, and integrated stormwater bioretention area and the common area streetscape


Pool Amenity Area: The pool amenity area was designed to have a direct visual and physical link with the interior club space and leasing center. The plan continues a similar wood paving from the interior space to the exterior amenity deck. The amenity area’s pool, picnic lawn, fireplace, and a series of outdoor living rooms are organized around a central view axis from the club looking over an infinity edge water feature. The City required that the pool is completely screened from the street. To avoid completely walling the pool off from the park the design uses a unique clamshell green wall configuration that screens the pool from the street but allows perforated views into the park

Integrated Bioretention: The plan features a completely integrated bioretention area for stormwater treatment. Stormwater from the building’s roof and amenity area are fed into the bioretention area which is planted to emulate a wetland, cleaning the water and allowing it to percolate into the ground. The bioretention area is a landscape feature accessible by boardwalks and visible from the amenity deck, the residences, and the amenity deck.