Brief 

Defined by an unusual exterior made up of 500 rods that will be illuminated as they sway with the prevailing wind, the aptly named Breeze of Innovation is a new tower slated for Silicon Valley. It will rise to a maximum height of 200 ft in San José.

 

 

Insight

Defined by an eye-catching exterior consisting of 500 individual “rods” that will be illuminated as they sway with the prevailing wind, the aptly named Breeze of Innovation is a new tower envisioned for Silicon Valley. Assuming all goes ahead as planned, it will rise to a maximum height of 200 ft (60 m) in the Arena Green at Guadalupe Park and Gardens in San José, California.

The Breeze of Innovation was designed by Fernando Jerez and Belén Pérez de Juan of SMAR Architecture Studio and recently won the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley design competition out of a total of 963 submissions from 72 countries.

ds would move in the wind and generate enough power to light their tips. Further details on the workings of the installation, including if it will light up when the wind doesn’t blow, for example, aren’t available at this early stage – the firm told us we can expect more details as the concept continues to be developed.

Though the exterior is meant to move easily, the structural center of the building will obviously require a bit more stability and it will host a series of spaces and walkways that offer access to a viewing platform up at the top offering 360-degree views of the area. The tower will also incorporate an exhibition space and a café.

 

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