Request for proposal (RFP): Silicon Valley landmark competition

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley

February 12, 2020
Submission deadline: April 3, 11pm

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley seeks proposals for an innovative design for a new landmark in the heart of Silicon Valley.

This new landmark will anchor and activate Arena Green at Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, San Jose’s most critical urban park, which rests at the confluence of the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek. The park sits directly across the street from the site of Google’s future 6 million square foot Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan Project, a new BART Station and Diridon Station, which will soon be transformed into the largest transit hub in the western United States.

The competition seeks a transformative design complete with dramatic lighting, a net-zero energy approach, and an impressive physical presence that will become a powerful and enduring symbol of Silicon Valley.

Proposals can be for a structure, an object, a sculpture, a work of architecture—with an activated landscape to be enjoyed both day and night.

We envision a work that will become an iconic destination that embodies Silicon Valley’s culture of innovation, builds civic pride, enhances community life, and welcomes diverse communities from around the world.

Three finalists (individuals or teams) selected from Phase 1 will each receive a 150,000 USD stipend to refine their proposals.

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