Daniel Island History & Aesthetic Inspire Local Architect

April 29, 2009

A Daniel Island home on Creek Landing Street, designed by local architect and city official Eddie Bello, has been honored by the South Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a 2009 Robert Mills Residential Citation. This annual awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design and helps underscore the importance of quality design in creating healthy, vibrant communities.

As Director of the City of Charleston’s Urban Design and Preservation Division, Bello is no stranger to working on new projects built to preserve the aesthetic quality of the Lowcountry. He is also the lead architect of Bello Studio Architecture, the firm responsible for designing the Creek Landing Street home. For this project, he applied his knowledge and understanding of Charleston architecture to create a home that encompasses the principles of traditional Lowcountry vernacular architecture, with fitting proportions, detail and individual character.

The home’s plan is centered around a rear courtyard that addresses the clients’ desire to entertain both indoors and out. And, drawing from Daniel Island’s history as a farming community, Bello implemented design features such as deep overhangs, large window expanses and shading devices to the exterior of the home to help create a farmhouse affect. The result is a design that reinterprets the site’s historic use as a crop field while creating a distinctive presence for the modern neighborhood.

This recognition from the AIA places Bello’s firm among the ranks of some of South Carolina’s top architecture firms. Although recipients of the award historically are projects located on dramatic sites with large budgets, Bello’s inspired design demonstrates that simple, quality design also holds a place among award-winning architecture.

Click on the photos below to see more views of the award-winning home.