This new mixed-use, 510,000-square-foot building is the first post-recession high-rise in downtown San Jose. It is situated at Santa Clara and Market Streets, the area’s primary intersection. C2K provided architecture and interior design for the project on behalf of Essex Property Trust.
With 23 stories and three basement levels, the building contains 312 apartments and seven floors of parking, as well as a leasing office, residential lobby, and retail spaces along the ground floor. Its skin features an Allen unitized window wall system that deploys spandrel and clear glass in a randomized pattern. A strip of LED lighting frames the entrance canopy, then travels straight up the façade to frame the parapet, emphasizing the structure’s verticality.
Due to its height and relationship to San Jose airport flight paths, the project required Federal Aviation Administration approval. It is also immediately adjacent to a historic property, which required local historic review.
1 South Market opened Spring 2015.