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Courtenay Bauer
Located at a busy intersection in Santa Clara, California, the recently completed Thirty75 Tech project nestles into the urban site and creates a new public space against a backdrop of Silicon Valley office parks and freeways. Thirty75 Tech explored the dialectic relationship between performance and expression in architecture. The intent is to seek an architectural response to the market demand of a Class A office building typically defined by “glazed/ transparent facades” and an architectural narrative that embodies the technical agenda to increase energy efficiency. The most notable outcome is an array of fixed aluminum louvers that synthesize competing requirements [performative, aesthetic, formal, physical]. This approach re-couples the façade strategically with both the performative and the practical, indexing the needs of the building against its performative requirements while acknowledging its place in the urban environment. The realized animated façade is activated with time and light shifting throughout the day and as the viewer moves, changing their vantage point; the memory erased and re-written by the hour. The design intentions become the definition of Architecture that is both performative and expressive. This state-of-the-art Class A office building also implemented other innovative yet straightforward, quiet yet practical solutions to target LEED Silver rating. Several sustainable strategies were implemented and supported by the architectural, landscape, and building system designs, including but not limited to: • Design of floor plan and depth of space to allow flexibility and efficiency of occupancy and reduction of reliance on artificial lighting. • Noise and air pollution mitigation with siting and building envelope design • Vegetated screens around the parking structure reducing heat gain and improving air quality • Utilization of native and drought-tolerant plants with efficient drip irrigation programming • Flexible environmental control strategy via mechanical system design that can adopt both a radiant and traditional air HVAC system. • Minimal exterior lighting and dark sky compliance Verse Design carried out the project from its inception to physical realization, from conceptual design to construction and contract administration, coordinating and delivering the permit, bidding, and construction package. The project required comprehensive multi-disciplinary collaboration. We played a pivotal role in the bidding process, supporting the client through general contractor vetting and value engineering. While our comprehensive involvement resulted in iterations of construction documents and permit modification, our efforts added tremendous value to the project and our client. The program outlined by the developer only included office space and parking. Working closely with the client to redefine and reprogram, we recommended the inclusion of a civic space that engages the community and blurs the boundaries of the site to extend the urban fabric. The result is a project that opens itself up to the community, physically and perceptively.
Thirty75 Tech
North America
Commercial
Santa Clara, California, USA
August 2022
We are a progressive firm that is committed to the creation of quality architecture and sensible design. Verse Design LA’s research-based design process drives spatial innovation that seeks design solutions from the origin of the design problem. We seek uncommon solutions within the common. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach to the making of architecture, our work is grounded in active social, environmental, and economic issues while aesthetically exploring the ideas of beauty, sustainability, cultural convention, and place. We are committed to enduring architecture and responsible development, keystones to neighborhood growth and improvement. It is with this conviction; we fuel our practice.
Architectural Team Paul Reling Tang, Principal, Architect of Record, RA (CA) Courtenay Bauer, Principal, AIA, RA (CA, DE) Yi-Hsiu Yeh, Senior Associate, RA (CA) Mariliana Ramos, Senior Associate Robert Shepherd, Senior Technical Consultant Ryan McGriff, Senior Designer Jeffrey Shen, Associate, RA (CA) Jiani Song, Senior Designer Hao Wu, Designer
Tim Griffith Photography
Board 1 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Thirty75-Tech-A2-Board-1.pdf
Board 2 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Thirty75-Tech-A2-Board-2.pdf
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2A Continental Architectural Awards
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 5 reviews
 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 9

 by b.lenhardt
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 7

 by 1413794236
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 7
Climate Responsiveness: 8

 by gisela.loehlein
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 9
Climate Responsiveness: 9

sustainable and innovative use of facade elements to work as a buffer for this office development

 by sandra
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 7

I like this very much





Anonymous @ 10/15/2023 05:44

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 9

b.lenhardt @ 10/09/2023 09:19

Overall Presentation: 7

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 7

1413794236 @ 09/30/2023 08:26

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 7

Climate Responsiveness: 8

gisela.loehlein @ 10/01/2023 06:14

Comment: sustainable and innovative use of facade elements to work as a buffer for this office development

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 9

sandra @ 10/02/2023 01:40

Comment: I like this very much

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 7

Average Score: 7.80