CHARLESTON – On the second floor of a historic nineteenth-century building in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Sky Residence is making its modern debut. The sky-high structure is the idea of young entrepreneur Rich Yessian, who originally purchased the second floor, obtaining the air rights to the lot. Yessian teamed up with Kevan Hoertdoerfer Architects and developer Renew Urban Charleston, to bring his vision to life. The project breaks new ground in one of the country’s oldest cities, pushing boundaries for architecture in contrast to the surrounding cityscape.

The project introduces a new style of architecture whilst conserving historic context, for which it gained approval from both the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Historic Charleston Foundation. The single storey family condo is split into two volumes; the living headquarters and the green roof. The interior has exposed steel frames and wood finishes, with large floor- to-ceiling windows exposing vast views of the city. The design incorporates a structural fibreglass exterior louver system and a window and door wall system made from locally fabricated steel. The louver installation has the ability to be adjusted based on the needs of the inhabitants for sunlight or privacy – additionally it enhances the façade with its shifting patterns. The second volume of the residence consist of the green roof with solar panels and an outdoor deck.

Photos courtesy of Nic Lauretano