2016 Golden Nail Awards

Architectural awards presented: The renovated
Continental bar and lounge and new SoFA Market curb
café earned Golden Nail Awards of Distinction for their
architectural merits, SJDA’s Downtown Design Committee
(DDC) announced.
The Whole Foods Market on The Alameda also received
a Golden Nail for Beautification at SJDA’s Dec. 11
“These awards are given to projects that add character
and delight to downtown, offer innovative or unique
design, complement local
assets and make outstanding
contributions to the built environment,”
said Steve Cox,
chair of the committee.
The Continental, 349
S. First St.: Architects,
city planers and urbanists
involved in the committee
agree that The Continental
went to exemplary lengths
to refashion the former Brix nightclub into a new social
gathering spot in SoFA. The most distinctive elements
of the renovation include high-end interior finishes,
roll-up doors that give the front an open-air feel, and
stylish sign.
“This is our attempt to help make downtown San Jose a
better place for everybody,” said Sam Ramirez, owner.
SoFA Market, 387 S. First St.: “Thang Do,
president of Aedis Architects
and the man behind the SoFA
Market, designed the curb café
with a meticulous attention
to detail,” Cox said. “He has
raised the bar for future curb
café installations.”
“Both the SoFA Market and
the curb café are meant to be
additive to the growing SoFA
community,” said Do, senior
principal at Aedis Architects.
Whole Foods Market, 777 The Alameda: Whole
Foods Market stands out from an urban-design perspective
by the way it activates and enlivens the corner
of The Alameda and Stockton Avenue, a key intersection
connecting the smaller-scale commercial corridor of The
Alameda with the
Diridon Station
area and downtown.
It earns
a Beautification
award based
on the store’s
strong on-street
presence, on-site
brewery, public
seating areas
and parking lot
shielded from the
“It was
exciting for me to hear the word ‘delight’ in describing
the award” said Christen Soares, principal architect
for Field Paoli architects. “Whole Foods’ core values are
to satisfy, delight and nourish our customers. With the
design, I think we hit the nail on the head.”
The DDC has awarded Golden Nails since 1997.