Westbank Campus — San Jose, CA
Green Placemaking in Silicon Valley
- 4.3M SF
- Adamson Associates Architects
Bjarke Ingels Group
James K.M. Cheng Architects
Kengo Kuma and Associates
- Sustainable Benchmark
- Net Zero Energy
Westbank will plant seeds of sustainability in downtown San Jose through a massive net-zero, mixed-use development. Westbank integrates primarily new-build alongside renovated high-rises. A unified aesthetic draws nature into design through green facades, extensive planters, and exposed mass timber elements. With its flora-forward architecture and nomenclature, energy harvesting, and staggering verticality, Westbank is a biome in its own right. The architecture counters conventional urban sprawl, setting precedent for a more eco-conscious and defined Silicon Valley skyline. Holmes is providing fire and life safety code consulting for each Westbank building.
Concentrating modern workspaces and residences near the growing city’s key amenities and forthcoming regional transportation links, the sustainability-minded development could be the start of an urban revolution in the valley.
Nate Berg, Fast Company
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