Monday, August 20, 2018

New Adobe "Super Tower" design unveiled

Adobe has just released a drawing of it's massive 18-story tower dubbed "North Tower." It will eventually house 3,000 additional employees, which is roughly equivalent to the three towers it has today... combined. In other words, it's going to be insanely large.

The super-tower will clock in at 700,000 SQFT, with a retail component and several floors of parking both below and above ground. It will be the largest hi-rise of any kind Downtown. A bridge lined with trees and seating areas will connect the existing towers to North Tower. It also appears that a recreation area with trees will be placed on the roof of the building overlooking the Santa Cruz mountains.

It is fantastic to see Adobe--one of the first tech companies to seriously invest in Downtown--step up and increase their commitment to the city. The design looks eye-catching and contemporary. Yes, I wish this was a normal-width 56-story tall structure instead of effectively being three buildings put together side-by-side, but I have to hand it to Adobe for being creative and working with existing constraints (darn flight path). The expansion will be impossible to miss from the freeway and will forever change the skyline. I hope they will try to include the community as much as possible in the campus. I would love to be able to grab lunch and enjoy it on that bridge.


  1. What is a "super tower"? What makes this "Super"?

  2. Excellent question. Typically the "super" denotes the inclusion of sour cream, cheese, and guacamole. This is to differentiate it from the existing "regular" towers which contain only rice and meat.

  3. Lets hope this one doesn't require slave labor to build!