Designed to be a new light-rail transit hub in downtown Charleston this project drew inspiration from another transit hub, the Great Hall in Chicago's Union Station. But instead of following the Great Hall's neoclassical style this project was modeled after the monuments of another ancient civilization famous for its architecture, the Pyramids of Giza and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
The exterior of the building is comprised of a glass curtain wall between classically inspired structural columns. These windows are then covered by a series of hanging vines that block the sun in the summer and but allows it in during the winter when the plants go dormant.
The interior hall is created out of a pyramid shaped void which goes up through the whole building and out of the roof, creating a skylight. This pyramid is created out of another glass curtain wall that allows the business and office spaces views of the public gathering space and vice-verse.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Charleston, SC, US