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147 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 400
Charleston SC 29412




Early in the design process, meetings were held with the community to identify the spirit of Hampton County and critical needs for their library. The result includes the renovation of the existing 2,600 GSF facility and a 5,000 GSF addition that will introduce flexible spaces for gathering, vital access to technology, and creative tools for learning and making. The design also includes murals by a local illustrator, a gallery space to celebrate community treasures, and a large multi-purpose space for the expansion of library programs, lectures and community meetings allowing the library to become a central hub of activity in Hampton.


The program for this facility, located in a golf community planned by the Olmstead Brothers in the early 20th century, called for a central service center. The service center houses the finance office, all laundry service & bulk dry & refrigerated storage for the kitchen that supports the club house. It also provides storage for seasonal items & is the drop-off location for bulk product & UPS/FedEx deliveries for the 30+ residents that live in this pristine neighborhood. The building’s massing is broken to respond to the surrounding golf community. This allows more flexibility for sitting amongst the majestic oaks & to better service vehicular access. The volumes are simply stated with an exterior ribbing that relates to its early 20th century neighbors.


As Richland Library defines the Library as Studio, the new Ballentine branch is one of the first testing grounds for the implementation of innovative programming concepts. Community meetings and focus groups revealed a strong identity of art, craft, and connection to nature. A sloped, wooded site and the desire to create a refuge that is interconnected with the outdoors led to the concept of a treehouse library that incorporates outdoor program space and extremely flexible indoor domains. The space program was developed through mapping activities that form the basis for program components within the dominant domains of Education & Growth, Teen Engagement, and Arts & Literature. An outdoor deck, reading great room, puppet theatre, built-in activity wall with reading nooks, maker space, and an art studio are key features. A completely flexible approach to defining space with furnishings makes the library eminently adaptable throughout the day.


This small branch library serves a community with a long rural history and a strong vision for future development. The master plan for the Town Center district of Blythewood lays the framework for an urban fabric. The renovation and addition to this existing branch is a pioneering civic project for both the town and the Library as Studio. The identity of the library is rooted in a back porch feeling, and has a primary focus on children’s services. Outdoor program spaces seek to connect to the larger community through park settings and neighboring ball fields, and the interior program has a market square concept to provide maximum flexibility for multi-faceted programming within a small footprint.


Richland Library St. Andrews is one of the larger locations in the Richland Library system, and serves a diverse community with a high level of creative energy, including a very active guitar club. With a focus on teen engagement and career advancement, the renovation and expansion of this urban site seeks to soften the hard edges and weave outdoor program space into the library experience. A theme of imagination and innovation drives the exploration of program components. Collaborative gathering spaces are added to the footprint, including an entry plaza and reading garden. Technology access is woven through the domains and activity-based programming is supported by flexible multi-faceted spaces and furnishings.


South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s mission is to grow South Carolina’s economy by fostering sustainable tourism economic development and effectively marketing our state to increase visitation and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. SCPRT and Liollio are focusing on the visitor experience and the traveler’s first impressions of the State established through the Welcome Center design. The new designs allow the expression of the buildings to respond to the surroundings, culture and location. A warm and inviting center is achieved through building materials, form, color, textures, and a front porch element acting as the main entry. An innovative aspect to this project is related to service design. South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is piloting new customer service that is similar in many ways to Richland Library. Moving from fixed central desks to roving staff, with multiple technology-based interfaces from iPads to touchscreens to kiosks, the design of the new Welcome Centers blends a local identity and sense of place with the broader context of tourism in South Carolina. A flexible, adaptable space with mobile furnishings and integrated technology is the primary focus of these projects.