As an established office property in booming Santa Clara, Great America Commons needed to upgrade its common amenities area and incorporate unique attractions to remain competitive in the Silicon Valley real estate market. The design team needed to bring the café and dining areas up to date to encourage gatherings as well as create defined area for group activities in the outdoor connection space. To create a sense of flow between indoors and out, site circulation and amenity adjacencies were reconfigured.
The new design combines the needs of a multi-tenant property with the amenities expected within a single-user campus. The property’s location adjacent to the Great America Amusement Park and nearby Levi’s Stadium helped influence a hospitality and entertainment-based design concept.
The original dining/all-hands area was increased by 925 square feet and is now connected seamlessly to the outdoors by an integrated 40-foot folding glass wall and an integral steel mesh canopy structure. A new tile floor was applied in both areas to create a unified feel.
The café and dining spaces now have the look and feel of a large casual restaurant. Keeping the general café infrastructure in place, the interiors were refreshed with a new palette. This included new finish materials, lighting fixture and new technology elements such as the TV monitors and LED-lit wall panels. New signage and graphics for each cooking station were applied using similar materials.
The outdoor amenities include a semi-private lounge area wrapped in a dynamic board-formed curved concrete wall that includes a fire pit experience. Around the corner from the lounge is a large media wall overlooking the expansive dining terrace. To complete the scene, thoughtfully placed landscape elements define and soften the architectural edges.
*Formerly Towers @ Great America