The Downtown San Jose market for high-rise projects has been on fire lately and we are in the privileged position of being able to demand more from future projects. We no longer have to settle for whatever we can get as seen in the redesigns for Hampton Inn and One South. With KT Properties' two tower project across the street from the San Pedro Square Market, they hit the ground running with what I think is a pretty solid initial design. However, what if it could be better?
If you look at the bottom two images, you can see an alternate concept that places the towers in an L shape instead of a "twin" configuration. I can see several benefits with the configuration. It would add a greater sense of volume and dynamics to the skyline from every direction. It would create a stronger retail pavilion adjacent to the SPSM with more potential for outdoor space since the tower would be further back instead of almost directly on top of the main retail area. It would also better highlight the historic Fallon House as a centerpiece for the area.
What do you guys think about the L-shaped concept verses the twin tower design?