Something big happened last week. At the November 21st Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting, the design for a new contemporary office building at 663 King Street received conceptual BAR approval. This is notable for two reasons: #1 - true contemporary architecture in Charleston is extremely rare and #2 - this was this project's third attempt at conceptual approval.
There are some that will consider this approval as a win. A sign of progress. I hope it is. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get over the time that this project lost during its journey. It seems like a perfect example of why there is not more contemporary architecture in Charleston. Contemporary architecture is challenging to fit into a traditional context, contemporary architecture is hard to evaluate, contemporary architecture can be scary to the layperson and these obstacles add up to a lot of risk. In this blog I review those obstacles that are preventing more contemporary architecture in Charleston.Read More