College of Charleston's Addlestone Library
Downtown. 205 Calhoun St. 953-5530
With so many Charleston buildings over 100 years old, many people think that the Best New Building category is an oxymoron. Maybe those people haven't seen the colossal edifice in the heart of historic downtown, on the corner of Calhoun and Coming. Standing at an enormous 140,000 square feet (that's about three football fields), the Addlestone Library boasts wireless access inside and outside of the building, 16 meeting/study rooms, two classrooms, and a seating capacity of 1,440 people. Students can sit back in one of the dozens of luxurious, hickory leather sofas located on each of the three floors of the library, sip on a latte from the Java City Café, and engage in a meaningful, intellectual conversation -- or, if you're like the rest of us, simply sit on one of the 260 computers on the main floor and play on MySpace all day. Whatever you choose to do, the Addlestone Library is so sophisticated that it's no wonder CP readers voted it the Best New Building yet again.