The Union Building

Pasadena, California, US

With a primary façade and entry on Union St., this building will be additive to the grouping of buildings that become collectively subordinate to the famous Pasadena City Hall.  As such, it is intended architecturally to extend the planar character of the north façade of the post office and engage the primary horizontal lines of that building into corresponding delineation in the new building.

The organization is made up of three levels of office space arranged around a courtyard above a concrete parking garage.  The extraordinary views to the Mountains and City Hall provide for a major aspect of the architecture as expressed in a large, open glass façade on the Northeast of the building.  Each floor is unique and all are fully flexible and efficient.

The garage provides both parking for the office tenants as well as for the Citizens Bank Building and its tenants for a total of 150 spaces.  Street-front leasable space is laminated to the northern face of the garage to provide for both visual character at the street level while screening the garage.

The architectural character is derived from the art of the façade texture and materials rather than excessive form.  Careful rhythm and articulation along with street side landscaping will provide a distinguished and dignified complement to the nearby City Hall.