Following their success with Piedmont Town Center, Lincoln Harris commissioned LS3P to master plan and design Capitol Towers also within the Carnegie District of SouthPark in Charlotte.
This mixed-use project consists of twin 10-story towers totalling 470,000 SF of office space, a seven level central parking structure (6 levels above grade/1 subterranean level) with +1,680 parking spaces and 30,000 SF of retail/restaurant space within the bases of the Office Building, Parking Structure, and two Freestanding Buildings.
The project occupies the 5.8 acre eastern end of the central block of Carnegie. The main entry to the Office Buildings and Capitol Towers entry plaza/forecourt face the Rotunda Building, the SouthPark landmark designed by this firm for Lincoln Harris over 20 years prior.
Architecturally, the Capitol Towers are envisioned as Classical Pavilions using the Doric Order for the three-story base and the Ionic Order with monumental half-round columns for the six story center section and also for the Building’s penthouse.
The entire composition is surmounted with a coffered dome which serves as an elaborate mechanical screen and also to raise the building up to a height of 200’-0″, creating a distinctive new icon on SouthPark’s skyline.
The Parking Structure is rendered as a colonaded connector linking these two Office Pavilions with a destination restaurant in its base, opening onto the Bosque of trees of the Entry Plaza.
On the west edge, the architecture of the parking structure is modified to relate to the multi-family development opposite the Mews, the major public space of the overall development. Capitol Towers remaining Retail Space, either within the base of the Parking Structure or within the freestanding buildings, flanks the Mews, creating a neighborhood pedestrian destination.