SMAR architecture studio, founded by University of Western Australia (Perth) professor Fernando Jerez, won the Urban Confluence competition for the creation of a monument to Silicon Valley.
SMAR has developed the Breeze of Innovation project - a forest of kinetic rods that sway in the wind, creating a mesmerizing visual effect. It is powered by 500 dynamic rods that also generate energy to illuminate the structure.
Breeze of Innovation is a conical void in a tower - a vertical space with multi-level walkways and an observation deck. 360-degree views are available on top of the structure. The project involves the creation of an exhibition space, premises for a cafe and other places.
“Silicon Valley is not about copying the past; it is shaping the future,”said designer Fernando Jerez. “From the beginning, our goal was to capture the ever-changing magic of Silicon Valley, as well as create a deep connection with the San Jose community. That is why we came up with the idea of creating a dynamic monument - alive, moving, connecting wind and light. A magical space that pays homage to the 1881 San Jose Electric Lighting Tower. We want visitors to enjoy a unique climbing experience linked to the memories of the Valley and the dream of its future possibilities."
"This work stood out for its elegant and sophisticated visual style, representing Silicon Valley with bold movement and extraordinary grace of impressive scale," said John Ball, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Urban Confluence Silicon Valley. "A living landmark - this design is designed to have a positive and profound impact on our community."
The project will be submitted to the San Jose City Council for approval in May.
SMAR was founded in 2009 and has offices in Australia, Spain and Lithuania. SMAR works at the intersection of architecture, technology and urbanism, and explores urban and social issues through design and the latest technology. The company has received over 20 international awards.