The community favored this design
the high-rise development at Alma Bowl:
The design breaks up the building mass somewhat, and has elements derived
from the Sacred Heart Church and the San Jose Museum of Art. Note: this
view is of only one of the project's two towers, and it is a view of
the front of the building. Since the project's two towers are proposed
to face each other, the public would never see this view. They would
generally see the back of each tower instead.
This tower design was less favored:
Although it has a vintage feel, the community seemed opposed to the
squareness and greater apparent height and bulk.
There was a third, more modern option (lots of glass
and steel), but it seemed mainly designed so as to make the community
feel happier with Options A and B.
The architect said that the townhomes and towers cannot really share
a style, due to their extreme differences in scale. The question then
becomes, should the townhomes be a mix of styles, echoing the community,
or focus on one style found elsewhere in the community? The attendees
were divided on this question. The above graphic shows an eclectic mix
of styles echoing the neighborhood.