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Urban Catalyst submits site development permit for Icon/Echo Towers in US


Urban Catalyst has announced the submission of its site development permit and vesting tentative tract map for its Icon/Echo Towers in San Jose, California, US.

The transit-oriented development is expected to bring new office space and residential units to downtown San Jose.

Icon/Echo, which is being designed by WRNS Architecture in coordination with Studio Current, is located at 147 E Santa Clara Street in the heart of downtown.

Upon completion, apartment and commercial operator Greystar will manage the project, which is being built under federal opportunity zone legislation.

Icon/Echo Towers will create more than 300 multifamily apartment units and 420,000ft² of Class-A office space.

Covering nearly two acres of land, the two towers will feature more than 50,000ft² of outdoor amenities, including rooftop gardens and interior common areas.

Urban Catalyst founder and CEO Erik Hayden said: “This project is located on Santa Clara Street, the main drag of the central business district. Once completed, this community could be home to more than 500 residents and over 2,000 employees.”

Image: Artist rendering of a building in the Masaar project. Credit: Arada Developments


Ennead Architects designs Shanghai Astronomy Museum in China

US-based Ennead Architects has designed the Shanghai Astronomy Museum in China, which is set to open this month.

Claimed to be the largest museum in the world that is solely dedicated to the study of astronomy, the Shanghai Astronomy Museum is the new astronomical branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.

The building has been designed to heighten awareness of the fundamental relationship between the sun and the earth’s orbital motion.

Designed by Ennead Architects design partner Thomas Wong to invoke the experience of orbital motion, the new 420,000ft² museum is planned to be opened to the public on 18 July.


HS2 reveals new public space designs around Old Oak Common station

High Speed 2 (HS2) has released new designs for green public space around its ‘super-hub’ Old Oak Common station in West London, UK.

Prior to the submission of a planning application to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, HS2 is seeking feedback from the local community and businesses on the designs.

The latest design proposals include a new public parkland that can be accessed through Old Oak Common Lane and features pocket gardens, trees and shrubs.

The park will serve as a venue for events and pop-up markets, as well as offer a range of seating such as benches, low walls, chairs and tables.