Contest: Landmarks of San Jose, California

The two-tier Urban Confluence Silicon Valley competition is open to architects, urban planners, students, designers, and engineers and seeks proposals for an iconic net-zero energy building that reflects the region’s “breathless sense of possibility” that defines modern computing.

The project – inspired by landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao – will form a centerpiece of the district while protecting and celebrating its natural landscape. Three finalists will each receive $ 150,000 to refine their concepts.

In its letter the company says: ‘The competition is open; The wishes are clear. The only requirement is a passion to create a landmark that will enhance community life in America’s tenth largest city while reflecting the extraordinary legacy of this remarkable global center of life changing thinking.

‘The competition seeks a transformative design with dramatic lighting, a net zero energy approach and an impressive physical presence that will become a strong and lasting symbol of how Silicon Valley acts as a bridge from the past to the present and into the future functions. Urban Confluence Silicon Valley can be a structure, an object, a sculpture, an architectural work – with an activated landscape that can be enjoyed day and night. ‘

San Jose is the economic hub of Silicon Valley, a region of California that has pioneered computing and social media over the past several decades. Foster + Partners completed a California headquarters for tech giant Apple in the region two years ago, though the region is generally not known for the impact of its architecture.

The free competition, organized by the nonprofit San Jose Light Tower Corporation, was inspired by the historic landmark of the San Jose Electric Light Tower from 1881, which collapsed after a storm in 1915.

It is concentrated on a 5,8 acre site known as Arena Green in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens in central San Jose. The proposals are expected to take into account the ecology of the site and nearby watercourses.

Initial applications should include a brief written explanation and two conceptual images. Judges include the chairman of the San Jose Light Tower Corporation, Jon Ball; Jodi Starbird, president of the board of directors of the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy; and the Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao.

Before the three teams of finalists are selected, around 50 longlist entries will be shown in a public exhibition in November. An overall winner will be announced in May 2020.

The deadline was extended to July 1, 2020.

How do I apply?

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

San Jose Light Tower Corporation
160 West Santa Clara Street
Suite 900
San Jose
CA 95113

Tel .: 408-813-5984
Email: [email protected]

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