silicon valley arc
Project Type: Design Competition - Habitable Cultural Landmark
Size: 160' High - 3,900 sf Interior Lobby and 5,000 sf Interior Observation Deck
The Silicon Valley Arc is a proposal for an iconic piece of habitable architecture to span across the Guadalupe River in the existing Arena Green Park in San Jose, CA. The arc stands at 160’ tall at its peak and is composed of a twisting skin that signifies the ever-evolving advancement of technology in Silicon Valley.
The structural skin of the form is clad in natural, sustainable materials to accent and reflect the existing natural environment. A 120’ high interior observation deck provides expansive views of downtown San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley, and can host events and lectures.
The Arc’s form mirrors the converging rivers below and symbolizes a gateway to the world’s technological hub.
The twisting roof form will allow for photovoltaic solar collectors to be mounted on the structure towards the east and oriented towards the south to help achieve the landmark’s net-zero energy strategy.
The western base of the arc contains an interior lobby where occupants can access an inclined elevator that will take them to the 120’ high 5,000 sf interior observation deck to see expansive views of Santa Clara Valley.
Observation Deck cutaway
The observation deck can also be used as a lecture or event space that local businesses can utilize. This utilization creates a commercial amenity that will generate revenue for city-funded community events to make the landmark a cultural amenity as well. The interior space can also serve the proposed adjacent Google campus to the southwest.