Willow Glen, San Jose

For this project, in an established residential neighborhood in San Jose, we worked in collaboration with KDA Architects to create a series of outdoor spaces grounded in a classic Mediterranean vernacular, yet with a decidedly 21st century approach.

The heart of the LEED-certified development is a courtyard framed by Crepe Myrtle trees featuring a Romanesque fountain and a Parisian-style kiosk. The space invites people to sit outside and forms a natural hub for the community. Widened sidewalks allow for seating and encourage people to take a rest outside storefronts.

Stone paving and richly colored, drought-tolerant planting complete the picture, and the whole is set off at night by traditional style outdoor lighting.

At a time when the economy is tough this is a very exciting new project that will enrich and blend in beautifully to the existing fabric of a well established neighborhood.

It will offer new places to eat and shop and a central courtyard that will create a strong sense of place for the whole community. Currently under construction the project is due to open in 2012.

Architecture: KDA (Kahn design Associates)
Lighting Design: Illuminosa
General Construction: W.L. Butler Construction, Inc.