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
Are you an architect or a real estate developer and you have a project in which the development potential is being limited by a parking deficit on your site? "If we could just fit 10 more cars this development would be much more valuable." You may be saying.
This parking dilemma is a regular occurrence with my job. And hey I get it. Parking? A blog about parking? Really?
It is not one of my favorite parts about being an architect but it is very valuable resource. If you can solve your client's parking demands you will bring a tremendous value.
In this blog I will share how architecture school didn't prepare me for parking design, the challenges of meeting your client's parking demands, and 5 tools for increasing your parking count. Read More
We had the privilege of staying at The Spectator Hotel the evening of the Grand Opening Party. It was an awesome night. Here's a glimpse into our spectacular stay. Read More
Are you looking for a weekend getaway? I would recommend a trip to Fernandina Beach, Florida. Read More
It is very easy to take your physical environment for granted. Sometimes a trip to another place or something as simple as a picture will remind you of how lucky you are. I have decided to take at least one picture of Charleston each day. Here are some of my favorite Daily Doses of Charleston: Read More
Charlestonians are about to go Bohemian! This summer the doors will open to the Grand Bohemian Charleston and I've got a sneak peak! Read More
Charleston has two brand new parks to be proud of: the small Theodora Park at the corner of George and Anson Street, and the large Gadsdenboro Park between Washington and Concord. I recently took a tour of Gadsdenboro park and here are the highlights. Read More
Of course Charleston is known for it's historic architecture. But we also have some modern buildings. Here are a few of my favorites. Read More
The much anticipated Sergeant Jasper project finally made its first public appearance at the B.A.R. tonight. Some predicted a massive revolt...... Read More
Throughout Charleston you will find beautiful old brick walls covered in fig vine and confederate jasmine. These walls have become one of our defining characteristics in Charleston and are truly awesome and beautiful.
But for this post, I wanted to go a different route. I looked for walls that have a more unique and unlikely beauty. You might call these walls ugly ducklings... Read More