Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Situated on the edge of the campus of The Citadel, The Military Institute of South Carolina, the School of Business by Ikon.5 architects and Liollio Architecture is a gateway to the campus that employs a mix of contemporary and historic gestures.
This 50,000-square-foot School of Business serves as an ambassador to Charleston’s business community.
The building is a contemporary interpretation of the military institute’s historic campus, distinctly open and transparent, conveying a welcoming gesture to the City in contrast to the historic fortress-like buildings of the adjacent campus.
The Citadel School of Business has recently been awarded a 2022 American Architecture Award and a 2022 International Architecture Awards Honorable Mention by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The new building—the first to be built on the campus in this century—utilizes forms, shapes, and materials that recall the heritage of its iconic campus.
A light and welcoming arch-motif entry and perforated metal solar screens are used to convey a sense of forward-looking openness that will present the School of Business as a new front door to the campus.
Organized around a multi-story flexible business commons, the building is composed of interactive classrooms, a financial services lab, a sales classroom, and several flexible classrooms, all supported by breakout rooms, faculty offices, and student support facilities.
The building employs sustainability measures, such as reflective roofing to reduce heat island and photovoltaic cells.
Occupancy sensor controls help to reduce energy usages, while exterior solar shade devices also reduce heat gain and dependency on climatization.
The building’s sustainable approach was designed to achieve 2 Green Globes.
Green Globes Certification is a Green Building Initiative that organizes criteria into themes: Sustainability Management, Social/Economic, Cultural Heritage, and Environmental.
Project: School of Business The Citadel
Architects: ikon.5 architects
Associate Architects: Liollio Architecture
General Contractor: THS Constructors
Client: The Citadel
Photographers: Brad Feinknopf, Feinknopf Photography