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Meeting Barn, Dixie Plantation, College of Charleston

Ayers Saint Gross


College of Charleston


  • Civil Engineer: GEL Engineering & Environmental
  • Structural Engineer: ADC Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: DWG Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer: DWG Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Ayers Saint Gross
  • Environmental - Biohabitats

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38,380,000,000 sq. feet

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Project Description


Sited on the banks of the Stono River in the South Carolina Lowcountry, historic Dixie Plantation is an ecological treasure of diverse landscapes. Its 881 acres are owned by the College of Charleston Foundation and used as a living laboratory for research and education. The meeting barn provides a multipurpose space for social events, oyster roasts, lectures, conferences, and banquets. The architects developed a comprehensive master plan, including the meeting barn, a 4.3-mile nature trail, and renovation of an existing studio. The following principles guided the meeting barn’s design: - Work with a light hand and leave the minimum footprint on the site. - Build with the least disturbance and best enhancement for place and experience. The meeting barn adheres to the Lowcountry aesthetic with copper standing-seam roofing, western red cedar exterior siding that resists decay, mahogany windows and doors, porches that take advantage of climate and views, and local cypress interior paneling.
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