Urban Frames

Lead DesignerJohn Marx
Prize(s)2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Conceptual
Entry Description

This design seeks to instill a distinct character, human scale, lush nature, and pedestrian friendliness, while providing meaningful placemaking in a neighborhood globally known for being the epicenter of the tech industry.

These distinctive residential and commercial buildings, conceived as an architectural ensemble, articulate their own skyline against the pronounced horizontality of Palo Alto. They occupy a quarter of a city block, offering to the local community a restrained Mediterranean modernity, both disciplined and relaxed. Its cubist massing lets coexist individuality in multiplicity: each unit has a recognizable presence while being fully integrated into a total vision.

Hardscape and landscape knit together the building footprints into a continuum in the manner of an old European city. Outdoor spaces at mid-air are evocative of balconies where the spectacle of city life can unfold. This design creates an environment to gather, share, retreat, entertain, nurture, reflect, work, and function: a place.


We believe architecture is the art of giving form to ideas.

At Form4 Architecture, we strive to create architecture that is rational, empowering, and dynamic. We embrace collaboration and teamwork as the cornerstones of success, and we believe in designing welcoming environments that are fundamentally sustainable and accessible. As collaborative partners in the design process, our principals personally lead every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision.