A new apartment complex has reached completion at 525 North 7th Street in Japantown, San Jose. The project proposal includes the construction of a mixed-use apartment community featuring apartments, onsite amenities, and an art gallery.
LandForge is the project developer. KTGY is responsible for the designs. The development team includes HMH Landscape, Studio 4D, developURBAN, UMOCA, Zwick Construction, and Greystar.
The project site is a triangular parcel spanning an area of 1.25 acres. Named Exhibit at Japantown Apartments, the complex features 97 residences with unit sizes ranging from 576 square feet to 1,618 square feet. Catering to meet the needs of young professionals, the units are designed as a mix of one-to-four-bedroom curated flats and apartments. Onsite amenities include a two-story fitness studio and a two-story community commons with a convertible wall connecting the Zen-inspired outdoor courtyard. In a mezzanine overlooking the commons, residents can avail a co-working environment that supports flexible working requirements.
The top floor exhibits a feng shui-themed sky deck, gaming nook and an art gallery, Empire Seven Studios. The art gallery, Empire Seven Studios (E7S), is a San Jose urban contemporary art gallery. E7S will host several art exhibits and feature large art installations from artists like Roan Victor, Amy Sol, Andrew Schoultz and many more. The property also features two sculpture gardens for both residents and the public to enjoy.
The apartment complex features mechanical valet parking with a lift that can hold 129 cars with three separate ADA-compliant spaces. Surface parking for residents is also available.
The mixed-use apartment community is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Renderings feature contemporary and minimalist Japanese architecture styles, reflecting the local aesthetics of the area. The facades feature vertical glazing systems, contrasting yet complementing materials rendered in solid and transparent looks. The building incorporates fiber cement around windows and on the main massing to create visually appealing details.
The developers hope for the community to be seen as a valuable addition to the existing urban scene in the area.