PATHWAY FROM PAST TO FUTURE: Connection between Waterfront and Castle Pinckney


Mootaz Hussein, Golnar Abbasmajidi, Somayeh Khoshdel, and Anna Tsareva
Politecnico di Milano


Elisabetta Rosina
Politecnico di Milano

CONSULTANTS    Ezio Riva, Alessia Silvetti, Chiara Salvini, Elena Bianchi, Giovanni Del Zanna, Silvia Erba, Lorenzo Jurina and Elena Formenti


This winning preservation design treats Castle Pinckney as a folly on the island and a destination for visitors. This thoughtful well-researched project proposes stabilization and damage mediation methods to preserve the castle. The design solution creates strong connections between the island, the castle, and the greater city of Charleston. The pavilion design is an elegant structure that could highly improve the experience for tourists. 


Our vision about RETHINKING CASTLE PINCKNEY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY gave us the inspiration of extending our area of interest to the whole Charleston waterfront which is facing the S.Folly Island and Castle Pinckney as a part of the urban scale context, defining three main nodes (1) at the Waterfront, connecting them together with a main (middle) node which has the best location regarding Castle Pinckney in accessibility and visual connection (waterfront pier), where we will connect the waterfront side with Island and the Castle. 

Node 1: Aquarium , Pier for the Fort Sumter
Node 2: White Point Garden
Main node: Waterfront Park and Pier

Waterfront solution:

Refurbishing the existing pier, extending the canopies with the metal structure inspired from the harbor marine units, putting the welcome desk and open air exhibition for the Castle Pinckney visitors at the lower level with the new direct ferry stop to the Island, adding a belvedere with a panoramic view to the sea shore and the Island served by a traditional food restaurant at the upper level.

Castle Pinckney solution:
By creating a ferry stop at the other side of the Island (not the side facing Charleston shore) giving the ferry passengers possibility of a complete tour around the Castle from inside water, creating a wooden walkway with green canopies at the back side of the Castle taking into consideration the wild life and natural habitants of the Island.

Castle use and preservation:
Studying the physical condition of the Castle and excavation of the internal soil, orient our solution allowing the visitors to access only to a new added platform at the external boarder of the Castle. Giving some ideas about how to preserve the island? By Sustainable tourism , Eco-Friendly ferry use and respecting the wildlife (natural habitat) on the island.

Innovative technologies:
For both waterfront pier and Castle solution technical interventions ,extension ideas are applied taking into consideration the green environmental aspects on the sea shore and the island.