Curved tower on Brunnengasse in downtown San Jose

SAN JOSE – A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a dramatic multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Fountain Alley in downtown San Jose, designed by a real estate company with a global reach.

The 21-story tower proposed by an alliance of West Bank development companies led by Ian Gillespie; and Urban Community, led by Gary Dillabough, would include a mix of homes, offices, retail stores, restaurants and a unique 10-story atrium-like “urban space” accessible from the street.

The development, if approved and built, would be located on 1.25 acre lot on 35 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose on the south side of Fountain Alley, the city officials map shows.

The tower would likely have several unique and eye-catching features, as the city documents show.

Its compelling attributes include a 10-story atrium delimited by balconies from the living and office areas, which could be open to the public from Fountain Alley and other nearby streets.

The atrium, which West Bank and Dillabough refer to as “urban space,” would start at street level and rise almost half the total height of the building.

Viewed from above, the tower would have curved ends on its north and south sides and extend along South Second Street adjacent to Fountain Alley and the historic Bank of Italy office building.

Ground floor vendors such as restaurants and nightspots would also be part of the mix. This is based on preliminary plans submitted by the West Bank of Canada to the city planners of San Jose. Office and residential lobbies would also be built on the ground floor.

“The roof terrace houses extensive landscaping, a running track and assembly areas,” Westbank stated in the submission to the city.

  • Bjarke Ingels Group, RMW Architects

    Entrance to Brunnengasse with an entertainment venue in downtown San Jose, view from South First Street, concept. A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Brunnen Alley in downtown San Jose.

  • Bjarke Ingels Group, RMW Architects

    Fountain Alley Tower, a 21-story mixed-use residential, office, and retail high-rise located on 35 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose that includes a 10-story urban atrium overlooking South Second Street . A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Brunnen Alley in downtown San Jose.

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  • Bjarke Ingels Group, RMW Architects

    Entrance to a rooftop restaurant on Fountain Alley in downtown San Jose, next to South First Street, concept. A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Brunnen Alley in downtown San Jose.

  • Bjarke Ingels Group, RMW Architects

    On the roof of the Fountain Alley mixed-use tower, which includes lounges, a sundeck, work area, relaxation areas, dining areas, and an exercise class on the curving 21-story skyscraper on 35 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose, location map. A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Brunnengasse in downtown San Jose.

  • Bjarke Ingels Group, RMW Architects

    Fountain Alley Tower, a 21-story mixed-use residential, office, and retail skyscraper located on 35 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose that includes a 10-story urban atrium overlooking South Second Street . A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Brunnen Alley in downtown San Jose.

  • Bjarke Ingels Group, RMW Architects

    Restaurant on a terrace in the Brunnengasse area of ​​downtown San Jose, view along South First Street, with the Tower of the Bank of Italy in the background, concept. A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Brunnen Alley in downtown San Jose.

  • Bjarke Ingels Group, RMW Architects

    Ground floor plan for a curved 21-story tower in the Fountain Alley Tower, a mixed-use building that provides access to an atrium-like urban space between two sections of the high-rise at 35 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose. A mixed-use tower with a curved shape and a multi-story atrium would replace an above-ground parking lot next to Brunnen Alley in downtown San Jose.

Above street level, development would include:

– 10 living levels with 194 units with one or two bedrooms.

– 10 office floors for a total of 314,000 square feet.

– A roof area with gardens, hills, lounges, a sun terrace, dining areas, relaxation areas and a running track.

According to the West Bank proposal, the ground floor will include “alleys, corner paseos and urban space”.

The street level will also include water features, green islands, and cobblestones in a curved pattern.

“Trees, street furniture and outdoor seating areas will complement the shop fronts,” says the development plans.

New offices, retail stores, restaurants and apartments are being added to downtown San Jose, along with a makeover of the Bank of Italy’s historic tower, based on proposals from the West Bank Company and Dillabough’s Urban Community. Westbank has gained worldwide recognition as a developer under the leadership of its founder, Gillespie.

The new projects would be in the Fountain Alley parking lot at 35 S. Second St., the Davidson office building near the State Route 87 interchange and West Julian Street, and the old Bo Town property on South Second Street and East San take place on Salvador Street, city records show.

In addition, the Westbank and Urban Community jointly own the selected Valley Title property near the corner of South Second Street and East San Carlos Street, meaning another major proposal for this large property in downtown San Jose is in the works.

“The West Bank and Gary Dillabough are planting seeds in our downtown area that stimulate the interest and imagination of others,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a recent interview with the news organization.

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