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