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Old Posted May 4, 2018, 7:02 PM
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^^ Bravo gentlemen and ladies, that's how you do modern architecture. Contextual, progressive, modern, unique. It looks like a california building without looking classic. Amazing.
What exactly is the skin or, maybe instead, what is it trying to resemble?
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Old Posted May 4, 2018, 7:48 PM
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What exactly is the skin or, maybe instead, what is it trying to resemble?
In my mind it's an ode to the topography, general landscape, and atmosphere of San Jose and arid California in general. They could've made some generic glass monolith, but instead make an aesthetically intriguing asymmetric building that blends in with the color palette california has historically favored, with rough, rather than a smooth facade, it's unique and progressively contextual.
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Miro Towers - May 13, 2018:









This place has to build a large hole due to the underground garage, meanwhile The Graduate is already starting work on level 3, for a different high rise, having broken ground around the same time. With the height cap and the high water table building underground seems like a damned if you do damned if you don't proposition.
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Old Posted May 15, 2018, 6:31 AM
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https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/...oogle-village/

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SAN JOSE — Developers hope to replace a long-time welding shop with a tower of hundreds of affordable apartments near Google’s proposed transit village and a few blocks from the Diridon train station.

About two blocks from what at present is the south end of Google’s future transit-oriented community, First Community Housing plans to construct a 319-unit residential tower that would rise 13 stories above the development site at the northeast corner of McEvoy and West San Carlos streets.
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Growth in San Jose has to be crazy with it being close to crowded SF?
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Old Posted May 15, 2018, 7:41 PM
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Growth in San Jose has to be crazy with it being close to crowded SF?
It's actually been lagging for a couple of years but has been picking up since Google announced they want to build office space in downtown San Jose.

Plus there are height limits due to the proximity of the airport.
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Old Posted May 15, 2018, 8:08 PM
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Growth in San Jose has to be crazy with it being close to crowded SF?
Unfortunately when it comes to highrises the entire Bay Area has about the same construction costs, but certain areas have way higher rents than others, so developers concentrate there, and avoid places where the rents are too low.

San Jose tends to have lower rents than every other high-rise amenable area, including downtown Oakland, and office rents are way in the toilet in comparison, barely making $4.50/sqft/mo now. So work tends to be start and stop, while developers down here tend to build office buildings, like 8 story highrises in sunnyvale, the Apple spaceship, etc etc, getting higher returns. Or concentrate in SF where rents are sky high.

As for distance San Jose is actually only 5 miles closer to SF than Santa Rosa. All the demand comes from people wanting to live in Silicon Valley for jobs. Just last year some prices have gone up a lot as Google announced they are buying land.
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Thanks for all the info!
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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 3:16 PM
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Which project is this?
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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 4:17 PM
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Looks like Balbach Condos is going rental, so much for alleviating the condo shortage downtown, and its name will be Aura:

https://www.siliconsagebuilders.com/User/User/Aura

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Located in downtown San Jose, Aura will offer luxury apartments walking distance to great transit, adjacent to freeways, parks, museums and theaters including San Pedro Square Market, San Jose Museum of Art, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, San Jose State University, Japanese Friendship Garden, Tech Museum of Innovation, and the California Theatre.

Aura will have a leasing office on the 1st floor mixed with residences. Also featured, a grand lobby with smart mailboxes to accommodate packages from Amazon, a community room, fitness room with personalized programming and a pocket park.




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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 9:28 PM
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Which project is this?
http://corebuildersgc.com/core-build...ojects/s/sparq

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Sparq is a 105 Unit complex in Downtown San Jose’s lively SoFA District. Not only are residents well-positioned to enjoy SoFA’s many festivals such as First Fridays, but they can walk to work downtown, hop on the VTA or take the DASH Downtown Area Shuttle to Diridon Station. The building itself will be no ordinary building. It’s interior and exterior design draws inspiration from the innovative culture that drives Silicon Valley and from the SoFA District that is its home. Vintage, art-minded, visually expressive and ‘creative experience’ design styles will all come together to form a truly unique place to call home. Sparq will be both a place to live and “a place where ideas grow”. Sparq broke ground July 2017.
http://news.theregistrysf.com/105-un...ound-san-jose/


Sparq at the corner of 1st St and Reed St across the street from the Pierce is right at the edge of the SoFA district about a block from I-280. Replaces an Enterprise car sales lot with a 7 story apartment building including 3000sqft of commercial space in the ground floor.
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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 3:29 PM
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The Ohlone - May 13, 2018:









Auzerais and Sunol and another building behind it under construction at the old Ohlone place. This was supposed to be 3 towers, but it got downsized to 1 tower and 2 mid rises
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Agressive construction schedule, looks like it is at the 3rd level already.
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https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/...-company-vows/

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SAN JOSE — Google’s proposed transit-oriented village would be a catalyst to connect people and nature with an array of experiences, a grand plan that would integrate the game-changing project with numerous adjacent neighborhoods, according to a presentation by the company Wednesday night.

The search giant sketched a vision of an innovation loop, a social and cultural walk, a farmer’s market in front of the Diridon Station, and numerous open spaces, along with office buildings for its employees, as well as homes, retail and restaurants that would sprout as part of the company’s proposed community. The presentation was made to the Station Area Advisory Group. The start of the presentation was delayed by a noisy protest.

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More reporting on Google's plans for downtown:

http://www.freshdialogues.com/category/featured/

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In San Francisco, the tech community continues to face an angry backlash for pushing out locals, artists and the elderly. Meanwhile, 50 miles south, Google has announced plans to partner with the City of San Jose to build a tech village dubbed “The Grand Central Station of the West.” Experts see this South Bay development as a way for Google to “do it right” and build an inclusive development around a transport hub with lots of public open space and affordable housing.

Why are some people calling it a new template for the tech campus? Alison van Diggelen reports on a tale of tech in two cities for the BBC World Service…
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/...us-vision.html

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Google has begun to lay out a high-level vision for San Jose’s Diridon Station area, a 240-acre swath of land around the city’s primary transit hub where the company has dreams of building a massive mixed-use campus.

But barely as Joe Van Belleghem, senior director of development for Google, cleared his throat to start a presentation that would outline a framework for long corridors filled with retail, homes, art and a cluster of office buildings, more than a dozen city residents marched in, banner and signs in hand.

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