Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Inventor "Invents" Condominium In Downtown Atlanta

Nossi Taheri headed out of his Buckhead, custom built Mediterranean-style home on a warm, Fall afternoon in 2007 just like he had so many times before. The recently semi-retired inventor was heading into the heart of Buckhead to pick up his wife, Hope, a fashion consultant, from work so they could grab dinner at one of their favorite Buckhead establishments. He had no idea at the time that his dinner plans would be put on hold for a few hours.

“As I was getting ready to pick up my wife, I saw the large sidewalk billboard of what would become the Sovereign building and I fell in love with it instantly,” said Taheri.

The ground breaking of Sovereign building, a luxury mixed-use tower on Peachtree Road had just begun. The building, developed by Regent Partners and designed by architects, Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates is a 50 story, 635-foot tower that includes more than one-half million square feet of Class A office and retail space and is crowned by the 82 residences of Sovereign.

“We came in the sales office and saw a few sets of plans and details and we loved it,” said Taheri. “I had written a check after a couple of hours.”

Taheri said that although his love of architecture sold him on the luxury high rise, it was Regent Partner’s flexibility to allow him to build his condominium from scratch that ultimately sold him on the building.

“We wanted to build our own interior and they were agreeable,” said Taheri. “I sketched out and noted my ideas and I began working with my architect, Haitham Haddad on the project.”

Once the transformation was complete, Taheri began what was to be a yearlong process of completing his combined 3100 square foot home.

Known for his inventions, Taheri’s Buckhead condominium is an invention all onto itself. Upon entering the condominium, it is hard to pass the cave-like guest bathroom without wanting to take a closer glance. Taheri’s motivation for the bathroom derived from one of his business trips he took to Thailand a few years earlier.

“While I was there I went to a spa that looked like a cave. I liked it and thought that someday I wanted to build a similar place like this for myself,” he said.

His vision for the guest bathroom was later solidified after taking the capsules of his daily vitamins apart one day and seeing how the parts can be combined to form the structure.

“My wife thought I was crazy, but I discussed the idea of what I had seen and envisioned for the bathroom with my architect. Then, the idea of the bathroom was born,” said Taheri.

The bathroom, which is separated into three capsules, is aqua in color. Taheri’s skillful General Contractor, Jay Eskandari of Tuscany Corp hired a framer from Canada to frame and build the bathroom’s structure. However, because of the multiple curves, shapes and structure, Taheri quickly learned that tiling the bathroom would not work with standard square tiles of almost any size.

“The tiles wouldn’t bend the right way because of the curves of the bathroom walls running from one space to another,” says Taheri. “Instead of using tile, we decided to use broken tempered glass instead.”

The glass was later imported from Italy and consisted of over a million pieces. The project, which took close to four months to complete, brings a grin to Taheri’s face as he discusses its complexity.

As one exits the guest bathroom, you are drawn to the kitchen, which is located in the center of the condominium. After interviewing various kitchen design and manufacturers, Taheri decided on Bulthaup, a German company that is known as one of the leading kitchen manufacturers worldwide. Taheri, who appreciates German design and engineering decided to design and purchase the Bulthaup kitchen and Gaggenau appliances including a refrigerator, freezer, wine cooler and lift up oven. While in the kitchen, one’s eye is drawn to a swirling cloud like design with programmable lights that Taheri envisioned and helped to design.

Other highlights of the condominium include furniture designed by Italian designer Giogetti and French furniture designer and maker Roche-Bobois. The master bathroom features a vanity countertop with recycled glass that Taheri purchased from Thinkglass, a Canadian company known for recycled glass. The countertop was so heavy, that it took eight individuals to lift it and place it in the condo. Most of the flooring was made out of imported limestone from Spain, but perhaps the most unique feature is the moving glass wall that Taheri and his architect designed and had built in Germany. The wall that spans almost the entire condominium is used to close off the living room when needed, but also provides Taheri with a unique architectural design that he can appreciate on a daily basis.
Taheri has now formed a custom Design-Built company by the name of T-Domus,LLc.
A native of Iran, Taheri moved to the United States at the age of 15. When he completed high school, the youngster enrolled at Stanford University where he studied Petrochemical Engineering. Upon completion, he attended the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona for his graduate studies. While working in corporate America for a few years, the passionate Taheri decided to begin what was to become a fruitful career of invention. Today, Taheri is widely known for inventing the design of first device that measures insulin for the blind. He also has many other patents including many in plastics. After founding BagCo, a company that made different products for various applications in the 1980’s, Taheri moved the head office of the company from Colorado to Atlanta, Ga. in 1990. ***********************************************************************
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