Winning pavilion design by Future Cities Lab (Levitt Pavilion) with ARUP and CMG Landscape Architects >>> It was playwright and poet Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe that said, “Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.” Our design for the San Jose Levitt Pavilion, supported by the Levitt Foundation, took its initial inspiration from music and performance. Three suspended structures flow together to form a dramatic central crescendo, then fade away into the surrounding urban forest. Dubbed the "Dragon Pavilion" by local residents due to its serpentine-like glowing form, the pavilion's suspended overlapping panels give the structures a sense of dynamism and buoyancy. In the evening these dramatic sculptural panels, set against a backdrop of tall trees and plantings, will create a light-filled icon for the park, neighborhood and city.

3/7/2017 Update: Today the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to move forward with our competition entry!! The San Jose Mercury News article is here. Phase 1 of the estimated $41 million dollar project will prioritize the Levitt Pavilion proposal designed by Future Cities Lab, and landscape design by CMG Landscape Architects including new amenities like a large playground, redesigned fountain, dog park and integrated picnic area. The design also moves the light rail station now in the park south of St. John Street and closes North Second Street to car traffic.  

St James Park and Levitt Pavilion by CMG and Future Cities Lab

Pavilion West Colonnade: Shade canopies wrap around the lawn adjacent to the new park cafe. One of the driving concepts of the pavilion was create an open structure that would be light-filled and transparent to allow the citizens to enjoy the shade canopies 24/7 on the 215 days per year when organized concerts are not scheduled.

The pavilion fits seamlessly into the new St. James Park network of pathways and lawns. The shade canopies create an inviting place to stroll day and night.

The pavilion would support programs such as an open air cinema at night, concerts, recitals and theatrical performances

As part of the St James Park / Levitt Pavilion San Jose competition, the proposal outlined here is for a music venue in the historic district of downtown San Jose.
Pavilion Design: Future Cities Lab - Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno, with competition team members Ripon DeLeon, Alan Chiang, Jeff Maeshiro, Emily Saunders, Ji Ahn. 
Pavilion Structural, Lighting, Stage and Acoustic Engineering: Arup
Park Design: CMG Landscape Architecture 
Historic Preservation Consultants and Park Amenities Design: Page & Turnbull (Jay Turnbull, Ruth Page, Greg Yanito)
Construction Management & Cost Estimation: Oppenheim | Lewis
Select Renderings: Steelblue


Structural Engineers & Facade and Materials Consultant
Arup: Jan-Peter Koppitz, Adrian Crowther, Felix Weber 

Senior Acoustic, Audiovisual, and Theater Consultant
Arup: Shane Myrbeck, Robert Young

Lighting Designer, Electrical Engineering Consultant
Arup: Toby Lewis, Elizabeth Cooper

Landscape Architects
CMG: Willett Moss, Haley Waterson, Charly Nelson with Susan Millhouse, Heidi Lavelle