Did you know that some tall structures visibly sway in the wind? It’s true; many of the iconic designs for the world’s tallest buildings were made to help these skyscrapers deal with high-speed wind. The winning entry for the
The dynamic tower will be built in Guadalupe Park and Gardens in San José, California, where it will become a new landmark for the innovative city. Each of the 500 rods is about 200 feet long and is equipped with a lamp at the tip. Visitors during the daytime can watch these super-thin structural members swaying in the wind while nighttime visitors will see the light show this movement produces. Though the design serves a clever function as a monument, the creators believe it holds a deeper conceptual meaning.
“Silicon Valley is not about replicating the past; it’s about shaping the future,” says Fernando Jerez, founder of SMAR Architecture Studio. “Our goal from the beginning was to capture the ever-changing magic of Silicon Valley while also creating a deep connection with the San José community. This is why we came up with the idea of designing a dynamic landmark, one that is alive, moving with the wind and light, a magical space that includes a tribute to the San José electric light tower of 1881. We want visitors to enjoy a unique experience on their ascent, connecting with the memory of the valley while dreaming about its future possibilities.”
The tower, and its significance for San José, is more than a monument to be enjoyed from afar. Visitors can walk through the project in a massive open space surrounded by the rods. They can also gaze over the city at an observation platform just above the sea of glowing lamps for a unique look at what’s below.