A person walks down a hallways in Santa Clara Towers with a mural on the wall

Studio G Architects Envisions a Vibrant Workplace Ecosystem

Tapped by global real-estate firm Hines to revitalize a 445,000-square-foot commercial complex in California with two 11-story Class A office towers, Studio G Architects envisioned a vibrant workplace ecosystem, a venue for spontaneous, interpersonal collaboration with indoor/outdoor social zones and amenities worth commuting for—all things it lacked. “Santa Clara Towers was well-known, but not necessarily for the best reasons,” Studio G principal Kelly Simcox recalls. “It was dated, lacked a prominent entrance, and had no tenant amenities except for a neglected indoor pool.” The property’s primary draw was Birk’s Steakhouse, a popular destination among Silicon Valley business leaders.

Studio G activated the lobby with a biophilia-inducing living wall and incorporated a new reception desk, a lounge, and a plethora of flex seating, including a zone near a new grab-and-go café spinoff of Birk’s. A canopy trellis adorns the revamped entry plaza, where more lounge space is found. As for the derelict pool? The team filled the space with an 11,000-square-foot fitness center. Since completing the project in 2022, Simcox notes an increase in new leases and renewals, and says tenants are enjoying confabs under the plaza canopy and ad-hoc meetings in the amenities center.

Behind the Design of Santa Clara Towers 

The lobby of Santa Clara Towers in California
White beams snake around the ceiling in Santa Clara Towers
A person walks down a hallways in Santa Clara Towers with a mural on the wall
A person walks down a gray stairwell in Santa Clara Towers

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