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CLIENTCity of Milpitas

SERVICESMaster Planning, New Construction, Interiors

LOCATIONMilpitas, CA

SIZE62,000 sq ft

STATUSCompleted 2002

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTMichael Willis Architects

The city hall is a pivotal element in the evolution of Milpitas from a bedroom community to a full member of the Silicon Valley metropolis. We worked closely with the City to develop a design that captures the essential qualities of civic architecture—in massing, materials, plan organization and circulation.

Water feature
Water feature
Main pedestrian entryway
Main pedestrian entryway
Pedestrian bridge
Pedestrian bridge
Council chambers
Council chambers

Clearly defined outdoor public gathering spaces at the front and rear of the building lead to the large public lobby, clearly visible from 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 rotunda also acts as a heat chimney, drawing warm air up and out of the structure.

Rotunda
Rotunda

“The sweeping, energized city hall proclaims Milpitas’ Silicon Valley character while maintaining the comfortable scale of a town that still feels small.”

Alan Hess, San Jose Mercury News

Main entry from public plaza
Main entry from public plaza

Awards and Press

  • The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award — 2004
  • A Burgeoning New City’s New Headquarters Radiates with Innovation — Architectural Record 2004
  • AIA San Francisco Best of the Bay, Excellence in Design Award — 2003
  • Milpitas City Hall Shows How It’s Done — San Jose Mercury News 2002

PHOTOGRAPHYTim Griffith