Category: Architecture

Year: 2023

San Jose, CA

Steinberg Hart

333 W. San Carlos Street, Suite 1000, San Jose, CA 95110

Miro Towers


Jason O'Rear

Supporting the San Jose Mayor’s long-held vision of building a vibrant and high-reaching downtown, Miro lies at the heart of downtown San Jose directly across from the iconic San Jose City Hall, bringing much-needed housing supply to the local market. In lieu of a monolithic structure, the 1.1 million square-foot project was set atop a unifying podium and split into two towers that respect strict FAA requirements and step back from City Hall, providing view corridors towards the public plaza. Due to its scale and visual impact on the city skyline, Miro’s façade design was of utmost importance. The towers share design DNA; the abstracted and elongated ‘checkerboard’ façade pattern is created by alternating recessed terraces juxtaposed with a glass and metal window wall that is offset at an angle. The patterned panelization created by the façade design contributes to a continuous, rhythmic, and activated backdrop that creates visual interest for passers-by. Together, the towers form a dramatic addition to the San Jose downtown skyline while providing homes for more than 630 families and single residents. It architecturally complements the iconic San Jose City Hall, creating a visual gateway and new landmark in downtown San Jose.

Miro Towers rises as an example for what the future of sustainable high-rise development can look like. The design goes beyond the goal of LEED Silver certification and meets the 2030 challenge by decreasing energy usage by 73%. It exemplifies how design can reach beyond the surface achievements of beauty, and advocate for green design and health and wellness.


Architect of Record: Steinberg Hart, Asheshh Saheba, AIA, [email protected] - 415 683 2025

Project Architect: Juan Garcia, AIA, [email protected] - 213 599 4352


Owner/Developer: Bayview Development Group – Ted McMahon - [email protected] - 650 397 6289
General Contractor: Suffolk Construction, Michael Dinapoli, [email protected] - 415-848-0611
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers, Jeff Brink, [email protected] - 415-781-1505
MEP Engineer: WSP, Caroline Fenlon-Harding, [email protected] - 415-402-2297
Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers, Brock Roby, [email protected] - 925.396.7718
Lighting Designer: Francis Krahe & Associates, Jacob Graige, [email protected] - 213.617.0477 ex 105
Interior Architect (Public Amenity Spaces): Edmonds + Lee Architects, Vivian Lee, AIA, [email protected] - 415-285-1300
Interior Architect (unit design): Steinberg Hart, Asheshh Saheba, [email protected] - 415 683 2025
Landscape Architect: Surface Design, Inc, James A. Lord, [email protected] - 415-914-7447
Environmental Consultant: David J. Powers and Associates Inc., Judy W. Shanley, [email protected] - 408.454.3431

Additional Team

David Hart, Principal-in-Charge, [email protected] - 213 599 4360
Edmund Rivera, Project Designer, [email protected] - 408 817 3112
Alan Chan, Design Team Member, [email protected] - 213 599 5124
Brian Capelli, Project Member, [email protected] - 408 817 3208
Vikas Shrestha, Sustainability Expert, [email protected] - 213 599 4358

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