In historic Columbia, commerce and government symbolically meet at the intersection of two primary streets, marking one of the most significant spots in the city. As the first new tower added to the city’s skyline after a long hiatus, the building presented the opportunity to spark new downtown development. Sloping minimalist form contrasts with surrounding historic architecture and allows building floor plates to expand as the tower rises. Glass cladding strikes a subtle balance between transparency and reflectivity, suggesting both activity within the building and in the city’s skyline. Eighty feet up, a two-story terrace overlooks the area while orienting visitors to the lobby entrance. At street level, the architecture responds to the existing urban fabric and energizes its surroundings with a refurbished public plaza.
Columbia, South Carolina