Bank of Italy Tower

Bank of Italy Tower residential conversion pedestrian view, rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group

Westbank Considers Converting Bank of Italy Tower to Housing

Westbank and Urban Community have submitted new plans to convert Downtown San Jose’s iconic Bank of Italy tower into housing. The adaptive reuse of the office tower would create well over a hundred apartments across most of the 13-story building. The filing comes as the region struggles with record-high office vacancy rates.

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Bank of Italy exterior egress stair core with green 'living' wall, rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group

Renderings Show Rehabilitation of San Jose’s Iconic Bank of Italy Tower

A preliminary review package has revealed plans for a dramatic rehabilitation of the iconic Bank of Italy Tower at 12 South 1st Street in Downtown San Jose. While the structure is currently actively operating as an office building, the ground level remains vacant. Plans include modern office space, outdoor terraces, retail, and a music venue. Design is by Bjarke Ingels Group and RMW Architecture, with Urban Community and Vancouver-based Westbank as developers.

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