Milpitas City Hall

2002 | Milpitas, CA

  • Milpitas City Hall Night View of Entry Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Milpitas City Hall Exterior at Dusk Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Milpitas City Hall Exterior with Reflecting Pool Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Milpitas City Hall Main Entrance Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Milpitas City Hall Detail Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Milpitas City Hall View of Rotunda Photo: Tim Griffith
  • Milpitas City Hall View of Courtyard Photo: Tim Griffith

STUDIOS worked closely with the City of Milpitas to develop a design that reflects the innovative and multicultural spirit of Milpitas and captures the essential qualities of civic architecture – in massing, materials, plan organization and circulation. Clearly defined outdoor public gathering spaces at the front and rear of the building lead to the large public lobby, clearly visible from three of the main elevations. A grand cylindrical form – the central hall that penetrates vertically through the building – unites the structure’s horizontal volumes. The great rotunda is a grand civic gesture that operates as a modern application of traditional typology. The stone, metal, and glass of the building exterior is softened and warmed by the wood paneled interior of the Council Chambers.

The city hall was a pivotal element in the changing identity of Milpitas from a bedroom community to a full member of the Silicon Valley metropolis.

Associate Architect: Michael Willis Architects

Awards

  • 2004

    The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award

  • 2003

    AIA San Francisco, Best of the Bay, Excellence in Design Award


Articles

  • A Burgeoning New City’s New Headquarters Radiates with Innovation

    Architectural Record website

  • Milpitas City Hall shows how it’s done

    San Jose Mercury News

  • Milpitas City Hall on Fast Track

    San Jose Mercury News

  • A Burgeoning New City’s New Headquarters Radiates with Innovation

    Architectural Record website