SMAR Architecture Studio Design Proposal Wins Silicon Valley Flagship Competition | New



“Breeze of innovation” by SMAR Architecture. Image © SMAR Architecture

After several rounds of jury reviews, Silicon Valley may have found its new landmark. The winning proposal is said to “symbolize people standing and working together”. On March 25, Fernando Jerez and Belén Pérez de Juan from SMAR Architecture Studio were announced as competition winners for their proposal “Breeze of innovation.

In 2019, the San José Light Tower Corporation launched the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Contest. The international competition invited artists, architects, city planners, landscape architects, students, designers and anyone passionate about creating places to submit ideas to create an iconic project to improve community life in San José, in California. In September 2020, the competition jury announced its three finalists: “Breeze of Innovation” by SMAR Architecture Studio, “Welcome to Wonderland” by SCI-Arc M.Arch I student Rish Saito and the “Nebula Tower” by Qinrong Lui and Ruize Li.

Breeze of Innovation – “The structure has large structural columns that allocate elevators and stairs supporting the floors and 500 masts that work together in the structure and provide protection against earthquakes.” Image and text © SMAR Architecture

Designer Fernando Jerez said, “Silicon Valley is not about replicating the past; it’s about shaping the future. From the start, our goal was to capture the ever-changing magic of Silicon Valley while creating a deep connection with the community of San José. This is why we came up with the idea of ​​designing a dynamic, living landmark, moving with wind and light, a magical space that includes a tribute to the San José Electric Light Tower from 1881. We want visitors to enjoy the experience of their ascent, connecting to the memory of the Valley while dreaming of its future possibilities. “

Describing the project, Jerez and Pérez de Juan explain that the structure of the monument consists of 500 dynamic and flexible rods 200 feet high. Using kinetic energy, the rods will “sway to the rhythm of the wind” which will generate energy for the building. The rods not only have a functional purpose, but are meant to “represent the hundreds of different businesses and individuals working together in Silicon Valley, San Jose.”

According to the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley competition, the duo will present their winning design to San José City Council in May 2021 for approval. The project raised more than $ 2.5 million.

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To learn more about the details of the project Click here. To find out more about the finalists of the competition and their projects Click here.

Breeze of Innovation Phase 2 live presentation. Video courtesy of Urban Confluence Silicon Valley


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