SkyGarden ApartmentsCharleston, SC This new 190,000 SF student apartment building features 94 student apartments with indoor parking, game rooms, lounge rooms with kitchens, conference rooms, study rooms, a full size gym, bike storage, a roof top pool and an outdoor roof top garden with a fire pit overlooking the city. At 10 stories, this building is one of the tallest structures in Charleston’s midtown district. The design team took advantage of the prime downtown setting, framing expansive skyline views and bringing natural light into the interior spaces. Though the residents are students and the budget was constrained, the client wanted the space to be luxurious and welcoming- even to pets, an amenity which necessitated durable and easy-to-clean flooring. A mix of tile, grey carpet in a sophisticated pattern, and bright area rugs unite the space. The interior concept reinforces the “sky” aesthetic, with shades of blues and turquoise specifically incorporated to amplify the bright and airy ambiance. To create a high-end aesthetic in public spaces while being mindful of the budget, the designers included higher-than-normal ceilings in strategic locations, and carefully selected upscale finishes where they would have the most impact. Tall ceilings are highlighted with warm wood ceiling clouds and oversized decorative light fixtures, while the sleek concierge desk features a backlit onyx backdrop and serves as a wayfinding device for first-time visitors. The team surrounded the oversized concrete structural columns with etched glass with stand-offs pinned to the concrete, blending a sense of refinement with an urban edge.