Liollio Architecture Awarded 2020 AIA South Atlantic Region ASPIRE Design Award

Richland Library Ballentine, Irmo SC

Liollio Architecture is honored to announce that the American Institute of Architects South Atlantic Region has recognized Liollio’s design of Richland Library Ballentine in Irmo, SC with a 2020 AIA SAR Design Award.

“Richland Library Ballentine is a well-conceived building with a strong sense of materiality. The Jury really liked the controlled carving of the form and strong, detailed transitions. This is a great example of well-used public funds.” − Jury comment

Exploring the concept of Library as Studio with Richland Library, the Ballentine branch implemented innovative programming concepts. Community meetings and focus groups revealed a strong identity of art, craft, and connection to nature. An outdoor deck, reading great room, community living room, puppet theatre, built-in activity wall with reading nooks, small and medium gathering spaces, a maker space, and an art studio are key features. A completely flexible approach to defining space with furnishings makes the library eminently adaptable throughout the day. The AIA SAR has a long-standing tradition of recognizing a broad range of architecture activity that exemplifies the values of the South Atlantic Region and improves the quality of the built environment.

The SAR Design Awards program seeks to highlight the diverse range of project types that exist within the region. The 2020 Aspire Design Awards were presented digitally during this year’s online conference. Over 350 projects were submitted to the program and 29 were awarded.

About Liollio: Liollio believes creativity originates through the eyes and stories of communities based on subtle and restrained design, rooted in context, culture and collaboration. For more than 64 years, Liollio has provided architecture, interior design, programming, historic preservation and master planning services. Liollio has been honored by the American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter as a Firm Award Recipient − the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a SC firm. Visit for more info.

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