HEARTH. DESIGN 6 | SPRING 2017
Charleston, South Carolina is home to many diverse backgrounds nested within a larger historical context. The people of Charleston have taken it upon themselves to make their marks on the city through the use of color, texture, and material. In the central gallery space lays a massive, curved wall that forms an edge that orients the grand stair towards the three enormous furnaces. While the stair is heavily grounded, an inclined bridge suspends from the ceiling and delicately touches the sky.
As one walks along the street, they are attracted to the three large furnaces reaching for the sky and are able to witness the glow of their flames through a thin, weaving screen surrounding the building. Pushing back part of the building allows for a public courtyard while allowing direct view to the inner gallery space. As they enter the sliding facade, they are greeted by a glowing ring of fire under each furnace and are invited to wander around the gallery before heading upstairs to view how the pieces are formed.