The integration of a 285,000 square foot, 8-story tower into the historic South End of Charlotte transformed an undeveloped site into a much-needed mixed-use neighborhood center. At street level, the building’s red sandstone base steps back to allow public space at each of its three corners: the large public Art Plaza, the more intimate Landing Spot, and the Festival Square for events and celebrations. Each space emerged from a master planning process focused on bringing new life and activity to the area.
The tower’s glass and sandstone material palette is accented with metal and brick to answer the client’s desire for a strong, yet distinctly contemporary, profile amidst the area’s existing warehouse structures. A 30-foot-tall grand lobby opens to the Art Plaza, which is flanked by community-focused retail spaces. The design advances the natural evolution of a growing urban district saturated with residential buildings by providing much-needed live/work/play amenities along Charlotte’s light rail corridor. Two floors of below-ground parking provide space for 665 cars.
Charlotte, North Carolina