The design for Technology Drive is a careful arrangement of office building, parking garage, retail component and open areas sited at the northeast edge of San Jose International Airport. Located at the nexus of several transportation systems, the site is linked to freeway, bus system, and light rail connection.
Commissioned as the headquarters for multiple tenants, the design accommodates the programmatic requirements with a two-lobby core. As the fulcrum, or eye, of the ten-story building overlooking Technology Drive, the core fuses two seemingly separate curved office buildings into one. An unexpected balcony, as if scooped out of the glass façade, presents a formal exception in the curtain wall system. Tucked behind the building is the parking garage, which connects to the sinuous one-story band of retail that activates the side of the lot facing Skyport Drive. In plan, the serpentine band echoes the curved elements of the tower, undulating outward, then inward along the edge of the lot. To the pedestrian, the retail building expands and contracts in relation to the edges of the sidewalk.
The pedestrian experience culminates where the retail base slips under the mass of the street—facing half of the building, creating a pronounced cantilever over the corner plaza that provides shadow and respite from the weather and protection from busy vehicular thoroughfare. The already-generous sidewalk increases in width toward the corner plaza, furnished with café tables, and other amenities to offer a more localized urban experience.