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This $330 million Charlotte office tower development officially opens Thursday

300 South Tryon at night, lit up, center.
300 South Tryon at night, lit up, center.

The newest addition to Charlotte’s uptown office tower lineup officially opens Thursday, with 300 South Tryon scheduled to hold a dedication ceremony marking the occasion.

Anchor tenant Barings owns the 25-story building and adjacent Kimpton Tryon Park, a 217-room hotel that recently opened as well. Barings has leased the top third of the 638,000-square-foot building, built on a small site that used to be a popular tailgating spot. The $330 million development is also adjacent to a new, linear park running along Third Street.

On the ground floor, a French brasserie and a coffee shop with a walk-up window have leased space at 300 South Tryon. Next door, an Italian restaurant called Angeline’s is operating at the ground floor of the Kimpton, which also features Merchant & Trade, a rooftop bar.

In addition to Barings, tenants who’ve signed on at 300 South Tryon include food service company Elior North America, two law firms, developer Spectrum Companies (which developed the building) and workplace furnishings company Knoll, Inc.

The new building has generated attention with its eye-catching LED lights, which run up the sides of the tower to the “sail” on top. Architect Phil Oliver, of LS3P, which designed the building, said he caught a glimpse of the building, lit up, during Monday night’s Carolina Panthers football game – a satisfying conclusion to more than a decade of working on various building designs for the site.

He said they focused on designing a building that would look distinct on the skyline, but wouldn’t be garish.

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“You can be the tallest or the strangest, if you will, but we were trying to not be either,” said Oliver.

They looked for ways to design a tower that would separate itself from the boxier bank buildings around it, and settled on a design with a curve leading up to the crowning sail.

“That curve starts at the base and goes all the way to the top,” said Oliver. “There’s a little asymmetry to it... You see the building sort of slide away from you and disappear into the sky.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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