St. James Park Competition Entry

City: San Jose
Size: N/A
Services: Competition Entry
Client: City of San Jose
Project Types: Civic & Faith, Competition
Renderings: fr-ee (Fernando Romero Enterprise)



Historic Transformation

The City of San Jose’s desire to remake St James Park is part of its improvement plans to attract new development to the downtown area. Originally designated a park in 1885, the 6.8-acre site is the oldest park in the city and is deeply tied to the city’s history. TOPA Architecture partnered with !melk landscape architecture and fr-ee (Fernando Romero Enterprise) to enter the city’s competition for a new design. The design submitted was one of four shortlisted. It creates a series of lawns that resemble petals. The demarcated areas include a magnificent pavilion for community events, a grand lawn, a hill, a playground, and a contemplative lawn. The circulation path around these areas echo a modernized version of the park’s original design.

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San Jose Downtown Association

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