Nebula Tower is a 175’ net-zero iconic landmark anchoring 14-acre Arena Green Park, in the City of San Jose, open to local residents and the world. The open lattice structure, materializes and dematerializes from day to night, establishing an everchanging dialogue between solid and void (original light tower within), nurturing artistic expression using the ephemeral mediums of time and light with advanced technology integration.The architecture framework is fully integrated into the densely programmed urban park, providing a diverse set of experiences reflective of the richness of surrounding natural biomes, reflecting the innovative, risk-embracing spirit that has defined Silicon Valley throughout this past century. The full Living Building Challenge framework guides the design to match performance targets of net-zero energy efficiency to ensure a restorative, low-impact development along the riparian corridor.
The project redefines contemporary landmarks, acting as a canvas for artistic expression and a framework for civic engagement.The tower’s innovative lattice structure doubles as a dynamic three-dimensional framework of programmable light nodes for artists to create immersive multimedia experiences.
Civic engagement unfolds through a collection of intimate human-scale spaces within the park and tower.Visitors ascend the riparian banks and navigate through plazas, recreation fields, and event lawn before arriving at the sunken auditoria flanking the entry to the tower. Open circulation draws the visitor up, from ground level gallery/cafe/retail to intermediary viewing platforms and culminates at the viewing platform with sky bar at the tower peak, where the vast expanse of San Jose and Silicon Valley can be appreciated.
The Nebula Tower
2nd Place, Urban Confluence Silicon Valley International Competition, 2021
Studio Re+N team members led the development of the above project while colloborate with CO-MILIEU. Image courtesy of CO-MILIEU & HKS.