As architects in Charleston, we are students of history successfully meeting modernity and seek out those moments when homage is paid to historic structures with meaningful renovations for current day functions. During a recent visit to Rome, we found ourselves in one such transformation at the Palazzo Pulieri Ginetti - the Elizabeth Unique Hotel. An ancient palazzo, lush and thoughtful interiors by Studio Marincola Architects, art curated by the nearby Russo Art Gallery - it’s a wonder we ever left. The architects, interior designers, artists and craftspeople involved with this hotel design struck the perfect balance of honoring the historic vessel it inhabits while offering an environment that is somehow bold and restrained at the same time; the details were as powerful as the overarching effect. Bravo, we will be learning from this one for a long time.
We like beer. We also like kick-ass entrepreneurs who have a vision, pool their talents and work hard to make things happen. The folks behind Tradesman Brewing Company - Sara Gayle McConnell, Scott McConnell and Chris Winn - are not only clients but friends, which makes it even more fun to cheer them on. Easy to do with their brand new “Charleston Area Entrepreneur of the Year Award” and let’s face it, their Circuit Breaker IPA. The project was an adaptive reuse of an industrial building in what is now called Charleston’s Brewery District (Click here for some NY Times love on the subject). Riffing off of the “Tradesman” brand and their tag line “Well Built Beer”, the design elements are raw, functional and industrial: shipping containers (for signage, storage, and an outdoor bar) framed by exposed steel and concrete for the outdoor patio.
Other reasons we love these guys:
“BREWSTER”: Building Relationships Empowering Women Striving To Exist Responsibly. They donate proceeds every quarter to a local women’s charity.
UNION CLUB: Of course they have a “union” complete with dues and secret meetings.
GROWLER CLUB: Yes, growl as in dogs; a favorite of Mr. Tibbits.
Next time you are in Charleston or on the peninsula, stop in and give these guys a high five and enjoy a pint. Cheers to you Sara, Scott + Chris!
Rush Dixon Architects is a solutions-based, contemporary architecture and design firm. Results driven, we create value for our clients through designs that are both strategic and artful, always keeping client goals at the forefront. We believe that modern design is not found solely in the materials, but rather through the pursuit of better spaces for living and doing business. It is truly a privilege to be a small part of someone's incredible journey. In this case it was the accounting rockstars (yes, that's a thing) at Accountfully, a fully outsourced, modern accounting firm in Charleston, SC that focuses on entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups.
They out-grew their current office space and were in the process of purchasing 533 Rutledge Ave. for their new headquarters when we first met owners, Meredith and Brad Ebenhoeh. Our scope included reimagining the existing first floor layout for optimum operational flow, function and brand alignment as well as assembling a Permit Set of documents for the City of Charleston to review and approve prior to construction. The exercise of taking this historic gem and ensuring a relevant, future chapter is one of the best things about being an architect in Charleston - designing how modern and current functions can exist and thrive within historic walls.
The collaboration that followed yielded a work environment tailored to how Accountfully functions: a beverage bar for both staff and clients as a welcoming feature, the generous meeting space, a mix of private offices and open work spaces. The impeccable taste and instincts of our clients perfectly captured the Accountfully brand.
“Rush Dixon Architects was a dream to work with on our downtown commercial renovation. As timing was of the essence, we needed to move quickly and they delivered! Their communication was impeccable and deliverables were high quality. Their knowledge and experience of working with the city was very helpful in keeping our project on track. More than that, Rush and Judy are incredibly sweet and down to earth. We are now happy to call them friends." Meredith Ebenhoeh, Accountfully
It's a privilege to participate in the built environment of Metro Charleston and the ever changing needs of the community. On the boards: Our proposal for a concept design for the next chapter of an auto repair shop in North Charleston, SC.