Ingredients for city-building: one triangular lot near the train tracks, one culvert, three very different neighborhoods. It all comes together in 1180 Main.

Premia envisioned something beyond a great commercial building when they approached brick about 1180 Main. They saw an opportunity to add to the urban fabric—connecting neighborhoods and engaging passersby. So brick used the oddly-shaped site and its forlorn culvert to advantage by adding landscape elements to create a park as the building’s front door.

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The project’s unique layout places the building at the confluence of three neighborhoods with a diverse mix of building types: Downtown, Stambaugh Heller, and Central/El Camino.
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At the corner of Maple and Lathrop, a public park follows the curve of the creek and connects to the building with a pedestrian bridge. Across the street, a new development may expand and enhance the park, creating a pedestrian hub. Bike lanes, plentiful bike parking, showers/lockers, and easy access to Caltrain makes this project a huge win for commuters.
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To the south along Elm street, a shipping container cafe adds to the friendly atmosphere and further encourages interaction between office workers and neighborhood residents. 
The building’s design takes cues from the surrounding neighborhoods, combining industrial materials like concrete and metal (reminiscent of one area’s warehouse roots) with warm wood accents and brick to harmonize with residential buildings. Because of its unique shape and location, this is truly a building “in the round.” Therefore, every angle is thoughtfully considered and articulated.
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The northeastern end of the building on Maple street features an exterior grand event stair. Along the CalTrain right of way, we created a pedestrian walkway and designed an engaging facade that could become a great recruiting tool. Insulated glass with wood slats create shade as the sun sets and adds warmth without disturbing views to the outside. The building features operable windows and natural daylighting throughout, creating a comfortable, light-filled workplace.
Consultant Team: Civil: BKF Engineers | General Contractor: South Bay Construction | Structural: Structural Engineers Inc. | MEP: Silicon Valley Mechanical/ New Age Electric/Terry Mechanical | Landscape Architecture: Rana Creek Design